This flu season more young people are dying from the flu. Thirteen people have died from the flu in North Carolina. Five of those deaths occurred last week.
All but one of the 13 flu deaths has been people under the age of 65.
Most of Dr. Laurence Schalnger’s flu patients have been in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. “I think older people may have been exposed to this strain or similar strain virus in the past and be protected or they have enough sense to get the flu vaccine,” explains Dr. Laurence Schalnger.
Dr. Schalnger hasn’t seen any severe flu cases in his High Point office. “When it gets into the lungs it can actually cause your oxygen level to go down significantly and that’s when it becomes a problem,” explains Dr. Schalnger.
There have been four flu deaths in Guilford County.
Randolph Hospital isn’t allowing more than two visitors to see patients at one time. Also visitors 12 and under with flu symptoms are not allowed to visit patients.
Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro has seen two flu deaths.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over 6 months to get a flu shot.