2010-2011 Flu Season Claims First Fatality in North Carolina

State health officials reported Thursday that a 15-year-old died on January 5 of complications from an influenza infection. The child had not received flu vaccine this season. Statewide surveillance shows that flu is now widespread in North Carolina, with the southeastern US having the most flu activity nationwide so far this season.

State Health Director Jeffrey Engel, MD, recommends flu vaccine for anyone over six months of age, including health care workers. “A good vaccine match can reduce the chances of getting influenza by up to 90 percent,” Dr. Levine said, adding that it is particularly important for people at high risk of complications, including pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, very young children and the elderly.


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