Last week, North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services reported the death of a young child in Raleigh. The child, who was elementary school aged, died as a result of the influenza virus and is the state's first death of the current flu season. South Carolina reported their first flu-related death last week as well.
Preventative measures that people should take during this time of year to prevent the spread of flu and other diseases as suggested by the NCDHHS are;
- Stay home when you are sick until you are fever free for at least 24 hours
- Vigorously wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard tissue promptly.