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North Carolina has recorded its first pediatric flu death of the 2019-20 flu season, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

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Mecklenburg County health officials say people should get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials say they've received the first report of a flu-related death of this season.

Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say an adult living in the central part of North Carolina died of flu-related causes in the first week of October. They released no other details about the person who died.

What is the right age to get a flu vaccination at a pharmacy? In North Carolina, apparently, it’s 14. The age limit was written into state law a few years ago. Across the country, age limits for pharmacists to give vaccines range from 3 years old in some places to 18 in others.  But why?

More than 600 people have died from flu-related illnesses in the Carolinas, according to state health department reports. The flu season officially runs through the end of May. 

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Twelve people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, pushing the 2017-18 death toll to 276. 

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Twenty-seven people died of the flu in North Carolina last week, the latest in a particularly deadly flu season that has seen 200 deaths now across the Tar Heel state.

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Gov. Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to protect themselves against the flu after 34 people in the state died in less than a week’s time because of the virus.

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Move over, chicken soup. Step aside, cough drops. There’s a new flu fighter in town. And it’s going to send those aches and pains packing, right into the deep freeze – literally.

New federal rules are out governing disposal of coal ash, but environmentalists aren’t too happy.  They’ve been calling for stricter controls for years on the ash, which is the byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The government acted after a series of spills: Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, another spill and gray sludge spewed into North Carolina’s Dan River. Environmentalists wanted coal ash to be treated as hazardous waste.

Arctic cold coming to the Carolinas

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Winter weather is in the forecast for the next couple of days, including some of the coldest temperatures in recent memory. Cold arctic air will swing south into the Carolinas late Monday, with record low temperatures possible overnight Monday and into Tuesday – around 8 degrees. It also will be windy, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour, and the wind chill could make it feel below zero early Tuesday.

North Carolina health officials say they inadvertently disclosed the personal information of almost 49,000 children receiving Medicaid coverage.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Friday night that nearly 49,000 Medicaid cards showing the children's names, Medicaid identification numbers, dates of birth and primary care physicians were mailed December 30th to the wrong people. Spokesman Ricky Diaz said officials were informed of the problem Thursday and provided public notice as quickly as possible. The department is investigating.

State health officials say the number of flu-like illnesses reported by health care providers went down last week.  But, at least nine people died from flu-related illnesses during the week and cases of the flu remain widespread across North Carolina.   For more on the current flu outbreak, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Nicole Lee, an epidemiologist with the state’s Division of Public Health.     

Flu Shot Update

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) If you've been looking for a flu shot but haven't been able to find one you're not alone. Many drugstores and supermarkets have had to cancel or postpone their flu shot clinics because their shipments of vaccines never arrived. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Dr. Stephen Keener with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and asked him to explain the shortages.