A Monterey County resident recently died from the flu, the Monterey County Health Department announced Thursday.
In addition to the child, 11 adult flu-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina this season, which began October 1.
A 59-year-old from Dallas and an 81-year-old from Irving died after complications from the season flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
Of the 12 deaths, half involve people 65 years of age and older.
"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness".
Flu symptoms include a 100 degree Fahrenheit or higher fever, feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, which is most common in children.
"One is too many, because that one has contact with many other people, and that's where we get in trouble with the flu, is people that either think they can go to work when they're still sick, cause they transfer it to everybody else", Ghere said. Medical providers may prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness. The state continues to offer the flu vaccine at five State Service Centers, which can be found at dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/fluclinics.html.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, since hands may become contaminated with live influenza virus. Don't reuse tissues. Stay home when you're sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
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