Health officials said the boy who died had underlying medical conditions.
Twelve new flu deaths were reported in North Carolina last week, bringing the total statewide number this season to 276.
That's 58 more deaths than the next highest totals in the past decade: previous year 218 N.C. residents died because of the flu and the same number died in the 2014-15 season. The company cited February 2018 statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 97 influenza-related pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 influenza season, which GlobalData noted was "an alarmingly high number compared with recent years", in a company press release.
Health officials said flu activity has already peaked in the state, but it remains high and widespread.
Both Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center are planning on returning to their normal visitation policies Monday as flu cases continue to decline. Jamie Dukes with the State Health Department says the older population is the most vulnerable.
There are still several weeks remaining in the flu season.
The number of patients showing up at CT emergency rooms has dropped for the fourth week in a row. The flu also killed one patient in the 19 to 24 age group, and three children, age 18 or younger.
The study, which spanned 13 countries in Europe, Central America, and Asia, was conducted during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 flu seasons in the Northern Hemisphere and 2012 to 2014 flu seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.
Given the public outcry from this year's seasonal influenza outbreak, along with the national security implications of a future severely virulent influenza pandemic, GlobalData believes that the transition to non-egg vaccine mass production technologies should be expedited as long as newer technologies demonstrate reliability, safety, and increased average vaccine efficacy. Experts also say you should not go to work or school if you have a fever.