Six more people died from flu-related illnesses in North Carolina last week, as a particularly deadly flu season drags on.
Since the season started in October, the state Department of Health and Human Services has counted 205 people who have died from the flu in the state, the most in a season since the state started keeping track in 2009.
State officials say the flu season peaked in late December or early January, when the illness was most prevalent at clinics and hospitals. Flu activity has tapered off significantly since then, but ticked up slightly last week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
This year’s strain of the flu, H3N2, is particularly hard on the elderly. Of those who have died in the state this year, 170 were age 65 or older.
The season has been severe in part because the H3N2 virus evolved, making the vaccine less effective than expected.