Health & Fitness

Two more flu deaths in NC last week

Two more people died of complications of the flu in North Carolina last week, as a particularly severe flu season drags on months after it peaked.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says 211 people have died of the flu in North Carolina since October, the most in a single season since the state began tracking flu deaths in 2009.

Most of the deaths, 175, have been among people age 65 or older. Only 2 were younger than age 25.

State officials said Thursday that the portion of patients at clinics and hospitals with flu-like illnesses continued to decline last week. By that measure, the season peaked about the first of the year.

The season has been particularly bad in part because the most prevalent strain of the flu virus this year, H3N2, evolved, making the vaccine less effective than expected.