Friday 23 Mar 2018


17 More Flu Deaths In N.C.

(NORTH CAROLINA NEWS NETWORK) — Flu deaths in North Carolina are now at 165. Updated data from the Dept. of Health and Human Services shows 17 deaths — during the week that ended February 10th — were linked to flu related complications.

A new report by the CDC shows this year’s flu shot isn’t working very well. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 36% effective overall in preventing infection severe enough that would to send someone to seek medical attention. Most of this season’s illnesses are related to Influenza A, H3N2, and statistics show the vaccine is only 25% effective against that strain. That said, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the shot can still help and it’s not too late to get one.  The flu season can last well in to May and health officials continue to urge vaccination even if you’ve already had the flu, because the vaccine protects against four strains of the virus and you can catch the flu twice in one season.

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