RALEIGH (WTVD) –
A total of 16 people in North Carolina have died of flu this season, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The latest flu numbers were released on January 5.
In North Carolina, 391 deaths from flu were reported during the 2017-2018 flu season, the highest reported during a flu season since flu deaths in adults were reported in the state in 2009.
Of those 391 deaths, 290 were people over 65 and seven were children under the age of 18.
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The health department defines an influenza-related death as a "death resulting from a clinically compatible disease that was confirmed as influenza through an appropriate laboratory or a rapid diagnostic test without a period of complete recovery between disease and death."
Officials already report that cases of influenza are higher than a year ago.
The CDC recommends vaccination against influenza for all people over 6 months.
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