Cold and Flu

4-year-old dies from flu after members of anti-vax Facebook group advise his mom to use thyme and elderberries instead of Tamiflu

Flu outbreak forces Ashe County Schools to close Friday

  70 students out with illness forces Gaston Co. school to close for two days

N.C. health officials report 11 new flu-related deaths; 33 for season

  Gaston County pharmacist speaks on flu season, increase in Tamiflu prescriptions

N.C. health officials report first flu-related pediatric death this season

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  Elderberry syrup gaining popularity in fight against cold and flu

  S.C. doctors say early surge in flu cases, unusual trends are concerning

Third flu-related death reports in N.C. this season

NCDHHS: Second flu-related death reported in North Carolina this season

DHEC confirms SC’s first flu-related death of the season

  Doctors say it’s safe for expecting moms and breastfeeding moms to get the flu shot

98 people have died from the flu in NC this flu season

That number is down from 212 flu deaths reported at this time last flu season.

North Carolina health officials report 13 new flu deaths

North Carolina health officials say 13 people died from the flu in the state last week, raising the death toll for the season to 68

  Flu outbreak forces closure of Ashe County Schools Friday

The district posted the following message on their website Thursday: “Due to the increase in the flu outbreak at all schools, Ashe County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 8, for both students and staff.”

  FDA approves first new drug to treat flu in almost 20 years

Xofluza is a fast-acting, single-dose treatment for the flu that won approval by the FDA on Wednesday. It will hit pharmacy shelves this flu season and could be an easier way for patients to kick the virus.

  Doctors expecting same strain as 2017, urge everyone to get flu shot now

Retailers offer gift cards to get flu shots

Flu season is here! Here’s what you should know