DHHS: 21 deaths linked to seasonal flu in NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced the 21st adult death linked to infection with seasonal influenza.

Public health officials reported 19 of the 21 deaths reported in the state so far this season have been in young and middle-aged adults, most of whom had underlying medical conditions. Only two deaths have been reported in people over 65.

State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings is encouraging vaccination as the best protection against flu, especially for women who are pregnant, people who are obese, and people who have medical conditions like heart disease or lung disease that place them at higher risk for severe illness.

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Read our past coverage:

Jan. 3  South Carolina up to 9 flu deaths this season

Jan. 2  Officials say 13 have died in NC so far from flu