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27 new flu deaths reported, bringing North Carolina total to 200 this season

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday that the latest deaths bring the total in the state to 151 deaths since the flu season started in October. According to hospitalization numbers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, residents in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties accounted for the most flu hospitalizations in the state.

The number of deaths and hospitalizations since the flu season began September 1 surpass any flu season since the department began tracking the illness in 2009. As of last week, the state had reported 165 flu-related deaths. Oklahoma County is next with 656.

DHEC also said there were about 10,600 positive flu tests last week in SC.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

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Its impact can be severe in some cases, especially among seniors, young children, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions, according to the CDC.

Although the numbers are high, data provided by the health department appears to indicate that we have hit the peak of flu season.

The CDC states the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. That was 39 percent overall.


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