Three more flu-related deaths have happened this past week in North Carolina, bringing the total to 14 so far this season. Six of those are children.
The Division of Public Health says flu activity remains high across the state. Visits to hospital emergency rooms due to the flu increased for the fifth week in a row, while the state says outpatient visits declined slightly. A number of hospitals have limited visitors because of flu concerns.
State Health Director Dr. Jeff Engel says it's not too late for a flu vaccine, and that there's still plenty of vaccine available. He said one of the best ways for people not to spread the flu is to stay home from work or school while they are ill.