North Carolina officials report 8 more flu deaths


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Submitted: Thu, 02/20/2014 - 8:20pm
Updated: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:50pm
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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Health officials in North Carolina say eight more people died of flu-related illnesses last week, raising the death toll to 74 for the season dating back to November.

The state Department of Health and Human Services, which released the figures Thursday, says 54 of those deaths involved people between the ages of 24 and 65. Five victims were children, and another 15 were older than 65.

One of last week’s flu victims was identified as pediatric.

A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related symptoms during the six-month flu season that runs from early October to mid-May.

Last week, DHHS reported that seven people died from the flu. In each of the previous two weeks, the department said 11 people died from the flu.

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2 Comments

  • Johanna Liva says:

    had any of these fatalities been immunized?

  • Vog46 says:

    I someone commented on this story – which has been developing for months. Immunization? against which strain of the flu?
    This year is turning out to be a very deadly year for flu sufferers and quite frankly has me worried about our over medicated society. We have antibiotic resistant infections and flu strains that aren’t affected by immunizations.
    As an older person this is troubling to me…….

    Vog

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