Three more people die from flu in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - Flu deaths in North Carolina continue to rise, but they are well below this time last year.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources says three new flu fatalities were reported last week, bringing the total this season to 16.

That compares to 58 deaths this time last year.

Most of the deaths this year have involved those 65 years old or older, while two people each in the 25-49 and 50-64 age categories have also died.

While flu deaths have significantly dropped, DHHS data shows flu-like illnesses are just slightly less than the same time a year ago.

Flu season typically spikes in February and lasts until the middle of May.