The flu has claimed its first victim of the 2016-2017 flu season, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has reported in an announcement yesterday.
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While the DHHS will not release personal information about the victim, they will say that this person was an adult living in the eastern part of North Carolina and that he or she died from an influenza infection, according to WCNC, a news affiliate in North Carolina.
"We hope that by people being aware of this unfortunate case we will remind everyone that flu can be a serious disease," said Acting State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, M.D. "We encourage people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated."
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly vaccination for everyone who is over the age of 6-months.
The CDC is warning that this year's flu will be worse than last year, and it could be one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. Women who are pregnancy and children under six months should talk to their doctors before getting the shot.
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Fore more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination, check out our 2016 flu guide.