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NC reports first flu death of 2021-2022 season


State health officials on Tuesday reported the first influenza-related death of the 2021-2022 flu season.  An adult in the western part of the state died during the second week of December due to complications from the respiratory illness.  The individual tested positive for the flu and negative for COVID-19. According to a news release, influenza cases and deaths in the state were at a historic low last season. But the current season is already more active than any time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.  In North Carolina, flu infections are most common from late fall to early spring with activity usually peaking in January or February.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu vaccine each year for individuals 6 months and older.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.