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CDC: Influenza activity "very high" in North Carolina, other southern states

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(Graphic: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists seven states and Washington, D.C. in the highest category for flu activity; most of them are in the southeast and North Carolina is on the list.

The 2022 flu season is off to an early start in North Carolina.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists seven states and Washington, D.C. in the highest category for flu activity; most of them are in the southeast and North Carolina is on the list.

CDC officials say hospitalization rates for influenza haven’t been this high this early since the 2009 swine flu pandemic; so far this fall there have been about 1,300 flu deaths, including at least three children.

The CDC map isn’t based on confirmed lab tests; it tracks where people are going to the doctor with flu-like symptoms that include respiratory illness and fever, a cough or sore throat.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.