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NC child is state’s first flu death this season

North Carolina health officials confirmed the first flu death of the season Thursday. An elementary school-aged child in the Triangle died last week because of complications from an influenza infection. The child, whose hometown was not released, was at risk of complications from the flu because of underlying medical conditions.

To prevent the spread of flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone older than 6 months receive the flu vaccine, either an injection or nasal mist.

Health officials also advise people to stay home when they’re sick and until they’ve been fever-free for 24 hours, to wash their hands frequently with soap and water and to cough and sneeze into tissues or into the elbows of long sleeves. Karen Garloch