Officials report 4 more flu deaths in NC

Flu hits York County. Vaccine is less effective this year

Several deaths in Whatcom County are among the more than 20 confirmed flu-related deaths in the state. Grey said that around the state there have been 18 flu-associated deaths, 12 in the last week. The week ending December 30, 2017, saw 142 confirmed flu cases, an increase of 48 percent over the previous week. There have been over 10,000 lab-confirmed cases this season, according to county data.

No intensive care patients have been reported to the department this flu season, but Ms. Hill said she knows the flu is widespread this year. Eyewitness News reached out to the experts about the influenza outbreak. "Our top goal is to treat all patients in a safe and appropriate manner, and our teams are doing their best to minimize any impact on our patients", said UNC Health Care/UNC REX Healthcare spokesperson Alan Wolf. Shelly Harkins says that people should take any precaution they can to prevent the spread of the flu. "In fact, such a sharp increase in activity is a signature feature of influenza that distinguishes it from other respiratory viruses that have a more prolonged, grumbling activity through the winter period".

The strain of the flu spreading around Texas is called "H3N2", and Lakey said the flu vaccine is usually less effective on this particular strain - but that doesn't mean people shouldn't get a flu shot.

To stay clear of the flu until its end - typically around March - Grey and Garcia recommend frequent hand washing, following good hygiene, resting and drinking plenty of fluids.


You should also keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated.

"One thing to be aware of is; if you have a cough and a fever, and then you get better and then it comes back, we want to check you out, because after you have Influenza you're at higher risk for having pneumonia", said Dr. Tom Greidanus, Parkview Medical Center. It just zaps all your strength.

People can go to https:/vaccinefinder.org to find sites that offer vaccinations. ABC13 also spoke with Mike Kosak. Kosak said you'd be surprised how long the virus can survive in the environment. So, if your body recognizes the flu, something that resembles the flu virus even, if it's not the exact match but it still resembles the flu virus, it will help launch a defense against it.

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