North Carolina health officials say 17 people died from the flu last week, marking the fourth straight week that the death toll reached double digits.
State health officials say a season-high 16 people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, the third straight week of increases in the number of deaths.
U.S. health officials say the flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well this season.
According to Department statistics, 19 adult flu-associated deaths have been reported in North Carolina this year, with 14 of those people older than 65.
With an increase in flu cases being reported in the region, NHRMC hopes that these steps will help limit its spread within its hospital facilities and the community.
State health officials say three flu-related deaths were reported in North Carolina during the last week of December, bringing the total for the season beginning in October to seven.
Health officials say there's not much flu going around so far this year.
Flu season is here, but one of the flu vaccines is not.
On average, elementary school children get up to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year. Many parents and teachers refer to it as the back-to-school plague.
The flu is not finished yet as North Carolina health officials report four more people have died of the illness. That brings the death toll this season to nearly 200.