So far this flu season, the DPH says 119 people have died from the flu (88 associated with influenza A, 30 with influenza B, 1 of an unknown type).
Seven new flu deaths were reported in North Carolina last week, bringing the total statewide number this season to 305.
The prior week there were 18 deaths, while there's been a steady decline in weekly deaths since 46 were recorded three weeks ago.
"While it was a sacrifice for both patients and hospital staff, we believe these efforts helped reduce transmission of respiratory illnesses during a period of heightened flu activity", Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan said.
Officials say there were 20 lab-confirmed cases of influenza A, and just seven of the B strain, between March 4 and 10.
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The 2016-2017 flu season was considered very active, with 210 deaths reported by the end of May.
The World Health Organization estimates the annual epidemic results in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness globally and 290,000 to 650,000 deaths. The flu season can run into May. The low numbers of people getting flu shots are troubling, especially now that this year's flu season is one of the worst America has seen in six years. It is also spread by touching objects that have been coughed or sneezed on by someone with the flu.
The main difference of course between the flu and the common cold are the severity and duration of symptoms.
The most important difference is that flu is also potentially deadly to children beneath the age of 6 months and in the elderly (65 years and older), while the cold will likely be a nuisance that needs monitoring but is not cause for alarm.