But the real flu, the illness caused by influenza viruses is a serious and highly contagious respiratory disease that in some cases can result in hospitalization or death.
But Health District 1 - the Panhandle - isn't far behind with 13 deaths.
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The eight new deaths were reported between February 5 and February 11, bringing the total to 32 deaths for the season, which began officially on October 2 previous year, according to the North Carolina Division of Public Health. "Being vaccinated is your best option to protect yourself and your family from influenza". "The good news is that this year's vaccine seems to be a good match for the flu strains that are circulating". This year H3N2 viruses are the most common. "It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be effective, so now is a really good time to get that protection if you have not already", according to McHugh.
The Department of Health Services reported Friday that there were 752 confirmed cases reported across the state last week, marking a significant increase from the 346 cases documented the previous week. This includes covering your cough, staying home when you are sick, and washing your hands frequently, especially after being out in the public. It is important that those who have underlying health conditions or may be caregivers of high-risk individuals check with their physicians or healthcare providers about antiviral medications that might help them recover more quickly from the flu.