State sees first two flu deaths for 2017-18 season

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - State health officials have announced their first flu deaths of the season.


The Department of Health and Human Services says two adults died of complication from the flu from mid-to-late October.

DHHS says one death happened in the eastern part of the state, while the other occurred in the Piedmont. Both victims were 65 years 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.