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7 die of flu in 7 days in NC

March 21, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported seven people who have died of the flu over the past week, bringing this season’s total death count to 148.

The agency says this number doesn’t reflect all flu-associated deaths in the state as many go unreported or undiagnosed.

Flu season starts 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.

While this year’s numbers aren’t as high, they are still concerning, and health officials continue to emphasize that it is not too late to get a flu shot.

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.