13 new flu deaths reported in state last week


RALEIGH - North Carolina health officials told ABC affiliate WTVD there were 17 new flu-related deaths last week.

WTVD reports the time period for the deaths was between Feb. 26 and March 4. That brings the total to 83 this season. That includes at least four children who have died from the flu, including one from Pitt County.

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Doctors said schools are one of the easiest places to catch the virus.

"Urgent cares are seeing a reasonable number of kids," said Doctor Martin DeGraw, family practice doctor. "That is a great way to get in contact with other sick people is to be in a classroom packed with children."

Just because you got a flu vaccine does not mean you are safe from getting sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2016/2017 influenza vaccines is 43% effective for strain A and 73% effective for strain B. That equates to 48% percent effectiveness against the flu overall.

NewsChannel 12's Nicole Griffin contributed to this story.

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