Doctors in North Carolina say they learned an important lesson after last year’s flu vaccine wasn’t as effective as usual. They say in times like that, secondary treatments like antiviral medications are even more important.
State officials say 219 people died this past flu season in North Carolina, the most deaths since the Department of Health and Human Services began tracking flu deaths in 2009. Hardest hit were people age 65 and over, who accounted for nearly 83 percent of the fatal cases.
State health department epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore told The Fayetteville Observer that starting antiviral medicines like Tamiflu as soon as possible was critical.
Moore also says hospital and doctors’ office did better at isolating patients who had symptoms of a highly-contagious disease.