First child flu death of the season reported in NC; state health officials asking people to get vaccinated
The state of North Carolina has reported its first child influenza death of the season.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore says North Carolina has seen a rapid early rise in flu cases in recent weeks.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services officials say five adult flu-associated deaths have already been reported in North Carolina during the current flu season.
The last pediatric influenza death in the state was in February 2020.
NCDHHS is recommending everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot. In addition to being the best way to prevent infection with the flu, Moore says vaccination can also make illness milder for those who do get the flu.