This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.
The flu season in North Carolina started on October first and there has already been three deaths in North Carolina. Two were from the eastern part of the state. The other is not known.
State health officials say the victim was 65 or older. Last flu season, 219 people died from the flu in North Carolina. This was the most since 2008.
Two people died in North Carolina due to complications from flu-related infections in October, marking the first flu-related deaths of the 2017-18 season.
The most effective method to keep yourself from getting sick is to get an annual flu shot. Not only is the flu shot important for yourself, it can also help stop the spread of the illness.
It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. Clusters of that flu already are popping up.
Health officials in North Carolina say five more people died from the flu last week.
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.