Another flu death reported in Pitt County


The death total for this flu season has now reached 305, the highest number tallied in the past decade.

Statewide and throughout the country, the 2017-18 flu season remains busy. Despite the flu vaccine not being a good match with this season's predominant circulating strain, health officials continue to advise residents to get vaccinated against the flu, as it offers protection against other circulating strains and is expected to reduce the severity of illness.

Department of Public Health numbers from last week show that 112 people have died from the virus since the start of the season in late August 2017. The low numbers of people getting flu shots are troubling, especially now that this year's flu season is one of the worst America has seen in six years. Marion County had 18 deaths, according to the report, and Lake County was next on the list with 14 deaths.

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Hospital-based public health epidemiologists reported 210 positive influenza results out of 1,354 samples tested during week 10; 85 were positive for influenza B, 84 were positive for influenza A (unknown strain), 22 were positive for influenza A (H3), and 19 were positive for influenza A (H1), according to the report. Flu activity could continue for several weeks, but cases are down and hospitals have resumed normal practices for visitors, officials said. At least three children have died. It is also spread by touching objects that have been coughed or sneezed on by someone with the flu.

If you do become sick with the flu, there are antiviral medications you can speak about with your doctor.