- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State health officials report 30 people died of complications from the flu in North Carolina last week, more than double the number from the previous week and raising the death toll for the season to 54.

The N.C Department of Health and Human Services reports all of the deaths for the latest reporting period involved people 65 years of age and older. Of the 54 deaths, 42 have involved people in that age range.

Last week, the state reported 14 flu-related deaths.

There have been only two deaths involving people between the ages of 5 and 17, the latest one occurring in the week ending Nov. 15, 2014.

Earlier this week, health officials said that the flu season appeared to be peaking, about a month earlier than normal.

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