RALEIGH, N.C. -- The flu has claimed its first victim of the season in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

DHHS will not release any identifying information, but they did say the victim is an adult in the eastern part of the state who died last week from complications from an influenza infection.

"We hope that by people being aware of this unfortunate case we will remind everyone that flue can be a serious disease," said Acting State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, M.D.

"We encourage people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated."

The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly vaccination for everyone 6-months of older.

The CDC says there are several benefits from vaccination including protecting those at greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu, making illness milder, protecting women during pregnancy and children under six months.

Fore more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov.