Health & Fitness

First NC death of the flu season reported

A person in the eastern part of the state died of complications of the flu last week, the first flu death of the season in North Carolina, state officials announced Thursday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said the person was a young adult, age 18 to 24, but did not provide any other information.

“We hope that by people being aware of this unfortunate case we will remind everyone that flu can be a serious disease,” said Dr. Zack Moore, the acting State Epidemiologist. “We encourage people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated.”

The state’s weekly flu report indicates that prevalence of flu-like illnesses remains low in North Carolina.

During last year’s flu season, 59 people died of the flu. The first death was not reported until the first week in January.