Two more people died of complications of the flu last week in North Carolina, bringing the seasonal death toll to 29, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
The flu season in North Carolina got off to a later start than it has in recent years, but now appears to have peaked. The portion of people showing up at clinics and doctor’s offices with flu-like illnesses declined again last week, to less than 3 percent, according to a survey done by the state.
The prevalence of flu appears to have peaked in late February, in contrast to the past two seasons when it peaked around New Year’s Day. Last year’s flu season was particularly severe and resulted in 218 deaths in North Carolina.
All of those who have died of the flu in the state this year have been adults; 9 of them were age 65 and older.