Four new flu deaths reported in NC, bringing total to 192

April 18, 2019

Four new flu deaths were reported in North Carolina last week, bringing the total for the season to 192.

According to the latest flu death numbers from the N.C. Division of Public Health, four people died from flu complications between April 7 and April 13.

Flu season started in late September and peaks in February and March. Flu season officially ends May 18.

During the 2017-18 flu season, nearly 400 deaths in North Carolina were attributed to the flu, the highest death toll in a single flu season since state officials began publicly reporting flu deaths in 2009.

Of the 2018 flu season deaths, 290 were people who were 65 years and older, while seven of them were under the age of 18, state officials said.

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