The Department of Health and Human Services says 10 people died last week as a result of the flu, bringing the number of deaths this season to 56.
In its most recent report, DHHS says 10 people died between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.
Of the 56 confirmed flu deaths, 22 people were between 25 and 49 years of age, 19 were between 55 and 64 years of age, 12 were 65 or older, two were between 5 and 17 years old, and one was 4 or younger.
Flu activity has been widespread in North Carolina sincemid-December. High levels of flu activity are expected to continue over thecoming weeks as flu season typically peaks during January and February.
DHHS says the flu vaccination is the most effectivetreatment against the flu.
The flu vaccine is widely available and protects against thestrains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1, the most common flustrain so far this year.
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