It’s almost May, but the flu hasn’t gone away in North Carolina.
Two more people died of complications from the flu in the state last week, bringing the seasonal death toll to 42, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Meanwhile, the portion of people with flu-like illnesses at clinics around the state ticked up last week, after several weeks of decline.
The flu season got a late start this year, compared to recent years, and appears headed for a late finish, too. By this time in the past two seasons, only about 1 percent of people visiting a network of clinics and health centers around the state had flu-like symptoms. Last week, it was nearly 3 percent.
The majority of flu deaths – 33 – have come among people age 50 or older. Only one case was in a child.
This year’s flu season is still shaping up to be less deadly than the last two. Last year, 218 people died of complications of the flu in North Carolina, and 107 died the year before.