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State health officials reported the first flu death in North Carolina this season with a person in western North Carolina.  To protect the family’s privacy officials are not releasing the persons hometown, age, or gender but are saying this person had underlying health issues.  People with underlying health issues are at higher risks to contract the flu, as well as the elderly, pregnant women and small children.

This report is an improvement from last year where 26 deaths had already been reported by now. The death comes as flu activity increased across the state.

Wake County’s Public Health Division Director said deaths may be lower this year because the vaccine is able to target four strains of the virus.

Health officials are still urging people to get vaccinated. The flu season usually peaks in February.

Read more at ABC 11.


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