An infant in eastern North Carolina has died from the flu, the state’s first child death from influenza this year.
The child died Monday of complications associated with influenza. Although the infant was too young to receive a flu vaccination, state health officials said the death emphasizes the need for everyone to take precautions.
Last week, state health officials reported 21 deaths associated with seasonal influenza. Of those, 19 were young and middle-aged adults, most of whom had underlying medical conditions. Only two deaths have been reported in people older than 65.
Flu activity has been widespread in North Carolina since mid-December, and flu season typically peaks during January and February.
Flu vaccine is widely available and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1, the most common flu strain so far.
Public health experts also recommend washing your hands often with soap and water, and staying away from others who might have the flu.
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