ALAMANCE COUNTY — The Alamance County Health Department reported Thursday that the county’s first flu-related death flu death this year was a child.
Officials said the child died Wednesday, but details surrounding their death are not being released to protect the family’s privacy.
“This is deeply saddening news and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the family,” Alamance County Health Director Barry Bass said in a statement. “Please use precautions this flu season and if you haven’t already, we encourage you to get the flu vaccine.”
Flu activity has been widespread in North Carolina since mid-December.
New numbers out Thursday reported five new deaths, for a total of 33 this flu season in North Carolina, including six in Guilford County and one in Randolph County.
Most of those deaths have occurred in young and middle-aged adults.
Flu season typically peaks during January and February.
Individuals interested in receiving flu vaccine may call (336) 227-0101, Monday-Friday to make an appointment.