N.C. flu activity highest in a decade; 12 already dead in the state

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Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 6:19 pm

HICKORY N.C. -- Flu activity across the state is at the highest level recorded in the past decade, according to the state health department, and 12 North Carolinians have died of flu-related illness this flu season.

“It is very unusual for us to have seen this many deaths so early in the flu season,” said State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald in a news release. “This year’s vaccine is well-matched to the strains of flu we are seeing in North Carolina so we strongly recommend that anyone over 6 months old be vaccinated.”

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