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Flu-related deaths in NC continue to decline

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

State health officials say a total of 86 people have died from the flu in North Carolina since the flu season began in October 2013.

One new death was reported in the week beginning March 2 and ending March 8.

The State Department of Health and Human Services says 31 adults between the ages of 24 and 49, and 31 adults between the ages 50 and 64 account for the deaths.

Nineteen people 65 or older have died of the flu. The flu also has killed three children four and under, including one infant, and two children between the ages 5 and 17.

A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related symptoms during the six-month flu season that runs from early October to mid-May. Adults ages 65 or older accounted for 36 of the 59 deaths in 2012-13.

DHHS says the flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu.

The flu vaccine is widely available and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1, the most common flu strain so far this year.

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