"With 97 total deaths so far this season, I can not stress enough that if you have not received a flu shot yet, for your own health and to protect the health of those around you, please get a flu shot". Tony Sellars is with the State Health Department.
Last season, 218 people died from influenza.
Twenty-seven new flu deaths have been reported in North Carolina since February 11, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 200. As of last week, the state had reported 165 flu-related deaths. Type A virus was more prevalent in the early part of the season. There have been over 6,200 confirmed cases of the flu, DPH said.
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This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years. It hasn't been recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for two years because doctors said it wasn't that effective compared to the flu shot.
DHEC is a state regulatory agency that protects public health.
DPH recently said that school officials had been asking the department how best to handle the flu.