GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A Guilford County Department of Public Health spokesperson said Friday a county resident died from the flu.
This brings the total number of flu deaths this season in Guilford County to three. So far, at least seven people across North Carolina died from the flu.
According to the health department, the deaths vary in age groups, but nobody 24 years old or younger has died this season.
When officials reported the first deaths earlier this month they said the number of flu cases have been low this season, but they project that number will rise. Typically, the flu season peaks in January and February.
DHHS provided the following information:
Flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, you should get one now. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccine is widely available and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1. Flu vaccine is available in nasal spray and shot form.
In addition to vaccination, DHHS encourages everyone to use personal precautions to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses:
•Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard the tissue promptly.
•Wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water or an approved hand sanitizer.
•Stay home when you are sick until you are fever free for at least 24 hours.
For more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov.