Observer: Officials says flu season has peaked in N.C.

From Charlotte Observer:

North Carolina health officials say this winter’s unusually harsh flu season has peaked and is on the decline.

The virus has been blamed for 90 deaths across North Carolina since October, and that toll will likely grow, though not as quickly as it has been in recent weeks, said state epidemiologist Megan Davies during a news conference Friday.

The flu season was likely worse this year because the vaccine was effective in reducing the risk of infection by only about 23 percent. The dominant strain of the virus that has appeared so far was targeted by this year’s vaccine formulation, but the strain evolved slightly, making the drug less useful.

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