The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that the death toll from the flu stands at 63.
A second flu death has been reported in El Paso just a week after the first was reported by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health. The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma County increased by 61 people for a total of 242 patients. No pediatric deaths have been reported this season.
Almost 17-hundred people have been hospitalized statewide, including 391 in Tulsa County, which leads all other counties in flu fatalities and the number of flu-related hospitalizations. In Massachusetts, health officials recently reported that flu activity was hitting its peak in the state earlier than the 2015-2016 season, but later and with few hospitalizations than the state saw in the 2014-2015 season.
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Merle Green, Guilford County's health director, has confirmed two flu-related deaths.
The county says while children under six months old can not get a flu shot, there are other ways to protect them. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that emergency warning signs in children may also include rapid breathing, a fever with a rash, a bluish skin color, not being wakeful or interactive with others and not being interested in drinking enough fluids. The flu vaccine can be administered to anyone 6 months of age or older. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.
To make a flu vaccination appointment, call a local Essentia Health Clinic or 218-828-7100.