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SC health officials say 6 more have died from flu

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Alfredo Watts | 19 April, 2017, 00:56

Health officials say there have been 3,715 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu in DE for the 2016-2017 as of March 25th.

Also, the report said there was a slight decline in instances of the flu in the state during the week.

No pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported in Tarrant County this season. Last year, flu killed 59 people in North Carolina. The first was a 53-year-old woman who contracted Influenza B, and the second was 88 and infected with Influenza A.

"We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this child", said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. "The latest deaths are a somber reminder that flu season is still ongoing and taking precautions and recognizing symptoms of the flu are still as important as ever, even if you are not considered part of a high-risk group". All 13 of the current season's fatalities had underlying health conditions.

Nearly half of this year's 3,715 laboratory-confirmed flu cases come from New Castle County. "The flu vaccine is still the best method of protection and recommended for everyone six months of age and older".

The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1 virus.