North Carolina health officials reported the state’s first influenza-associated death of the season.
The Department of Health and Human Services began reporting flu-related deaths on Sept. 30 but Thursday’s report is the first death in the state.
DHHS stresses for everyone to get the flu shot and practice good hand hygiene to help stop the spread of the flu.
Details on the person who died were not released.
Flu symptoms include:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)