Another person has died of the flu in North Carolina, and the reports of flu-related illnesses have increased in what appears to be a late-peaking flu season.
Five people had died of complications from the flu as of the end of last week, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. At the same point last year, flu had killed 191 people in the state.
But while this season has been much milder than last year, it appears to be getting worse at a time when flu is often on the wane. The percentage of patients with flu-like illnesses has more than doubled in the last couple of weeks, to nearly 5 percent, according to a weekly survey of clinics around the state.
All five of the people who have died of the flu this year were adults, only one older than 65.
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Besides getting vaccinated, the best way to avoid getting the flu is to avoid contact with people who have flu-like symptoms and to wash hands frequently with soap and water.