Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Second Flu Death of the Season Confirmed by Officials


The health department says even if you've already had the flu this season the strain is often different at the end of the season so you're still at risk.

Generally flu season will begin to slow down after February.

Merle Green, Guilford County's health director, has confirmed two flu-related deaths.

Officials say residents in Tulsa County has been hardest hit by the flu this season, leading to 13 deaths in that county. For people 65 years and older, the high dose vaccine is recommended.

Thompson has said that last month's spike in flu-related deaths may foretell a death count higher than average.

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Reports show the number of people hospitalized with the flu doubled just about three weeks ago.

Health officials say young children, and the elderly are the most susceptible to the outbreak of this virus.

The restrictions by Novant Health Inc. and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, both of Winston-Salem, Cone Health of Greensboro and Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte were synchronized because "they share the same geographic area and have similar rates of influenza in the community". They do not apply to anyone seeking treatment at the hospitals.

Flu symptoms include a 100-degree Fahrenheit fever, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

That being the case, the number of hospitalizations have led to the conclusion that the flu virus is not only widespread in the county, but also severe.

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