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21 people dead from flu in NC this season

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The flu is on the rise in North Carolina. The Department of Health and Human Services released new numbers Thursday morning.

The agency says 5 people died of flu-related illnesses last week alone. And 3 new deaths were reported from weeks prior.

That brings the total now to 21 deaths across the state.

Hospitals are starting to take action to stop the virus from spreading at their facilities.

In the east, Vidant Medical Center is not allowing visitors under 12 to come to the Children's Hospital. Wilson Medical Center also banned kids and is only allowing two adult visitors at a time.
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