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Dramatic Drop in N.C. Flu Deaths This Year

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HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -- There has been a dramatic drop in the number of people who have died from the flu in North Carolina.

So far this year, four people have died. At this time last year, 184 people had died from the flu.

Health officials say the vaccination this year is making the difference. It's a very close match to the H1N1 strain.

But they are seeing a late-season spike right now. "Most times, (this is) the worst part of the flu season," Dr. Diana Curran, Henderson County Medical Director

Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot for the season. But you don't want to wait too much longer because it takes about two weeks to kick in.

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