First Death of Flu Season Reported

DHEC urging public to get flu shots

Evan Smith
October 24, 2019 - 3:20 pm

The first flu-related death of the 2019-2020 flu season has officially been reported.

This comes according to officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

The death occurred sometime near the start of October.

The person who died was an adult, according to health officials, although no other details have been released.

The report, which came out of Raleigh – though, it should be noted, that does not necessarily indicate that the person in question lived in Raleigh – is causing alarm with health officials, who are predicting yet another deadly flu season.

In North Carolina, 208 people died during the last season.

Here in South Carolina, that number was just under 260 deaths. Compare that to 2012, when 46 South Carolinians died.

With the increased mortality rate, DHEC officials are urging all residents to go out and get a flu shot.

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