One person died of flu in North Carolina last week, making it the 16th week in a row that the flu has taken a life in the state, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
The single death was the fewest reported in a week since early December, an indication that an especially severe flu season is winding down. Since early October, 207 people have died from complications of the flu in North Carolina, the most since the state starting tracking deaths in 2009.
The portion of patients with flu-like illness at clinics and hospitals around the state also declined slightly last week, to about 1.5 percent, about a fifth the number at the flu season’s peak around the first of the year.
The most prevalent flu virus this season, H3N2, is especially hard on the elderly. Of those who have died of flu in the state this year, 83 percent were age 65 or older.
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The flu season has been hard in part because the H3N2 virus evolved, making the vaccine less effective than expected.