GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The first flu death in the state has now been reported by the Department of Health and Human Services. State health officials have reported the first death from influenza in North Carolina this season.
On Thursday, DHHS announced that an adult in the western part of the state died last week due to the flu.
The acting state health director recommended an annual flu shot for everyone 6 months of older.
In the East, doctors said they are seeing an uptick in people coming in to get a flu shot.
Dr. John Morrow, Director of the Pitt County Health Department, said it is never too early to get a vaccine.
“The vaccine last typically about a year and that’s when the flu virus changes, so you need to be re-vaccinated every year,” Morrow said.
Dr. Morrow said this year’s vaccine is a much better match to the flu strain, which was not the case last year. 218 North Carolinians died during last year’s flu season.