State sees another flu death

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - The number of flu deaths in North Carolina continues to rise with one more fatality reported last week.

The Department of Health and Human Services says so far all three victims this flu season have been 65 years of age or older.

Health officials say the flu is most common from late in the fall to early spring in North Carolina, with the peak usually in January or February.

The state is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this season, which are available at hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, and private medical offices.

During the 2016-17 flu season, there were 219 flu deaths in the state.