Seniors remain highest at risk for flu-related deaths in Oklahoma County

Seniors remain highest at risk for flu-related deaths in Oklahoma County

State health officials say a season-high 16 people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, the third straight week of increases in the number of deaths.

Since January, the state's department of health says flu-related hospitalizations have tripled.

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"We extend our deepest sympathies to this child's family." said Anne Thomas, Interim Halifax County Health Director.

Vaccination is essential for those at high risk from flu complications including people 65 years of age and older, young children, pregnant women, persons with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions and other long-term health conditions. While flu activity remains elevated over the baseline rate of 2.2% for influenza-like illness, the new national report offers some good news during a flu season marked by severe illness.

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The other outbreaks were in nursing homes, she said.

By comparison, there were 59 flu-related deaths during the 2015-16 season, along with 218 flu-related deaths in 2014-15, with 180 of the victims being 65 and older. On average, flu season has typically lasted 13 weeks for the past 15 seasons, though it can last for as many as 20 weeks. It's not too late to get a flu vaccine. Joseph's Medical Center. "Other precautions you should take include cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs, and do not go to work or school if you are sick". Flu activity is especially severe now in the South, some Midwestern areas and in the East, particularly Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and CT.

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