RALEIGH, N.C. -- State health officials say five more people have died from the flu in North Carolina, bringing the state total for the season to 27.
Six of those 27 deaths are in Guilford County.
An infant who died Monday is not included because the child died two days after the period when deaths are counted. That death will be included in next week's figures.
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The state began counting flu deaths since October. Since then, 13 people from age 25 to 49 have died of flu, along with nine who were between 50 and 64. Five people age 65 or older also have died, more than doubling the number in the age group from last week.
High levels of flu activity are expected over the coming weeks as flu season typically peaks during January and February.
NCDHHS provided the following information:
Flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, you should get one now. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccine is widely available and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1. Flu vaccine is available in nasal spray and shot form.
In addition to vaccination, NCDHHS encourages everyone to use personal precautions to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses:
•Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard the tissue promptly.
•Wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water or an approved hand sanitizer.
•Stay home when you are sick until you are fever free for at least 24 hours.
For more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov.
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