Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Tarrant County

Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Tarrant County

There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations since flu season began last October.

The health department said a one-year-old boy from Lucas County, Ohio has died from the flu.

"We definitely saw a large increase in the last couple of weeks here in Denton County, much more so than the previous year and earlier than previous years too", Rodriguez said.

Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible as vaccination is the best protection against seasonable flu viruses.

The three flu-related deaths are the first ones in Tarrant County in a flu season that has gripped North Texas. New healthy individuals with a normal immune system are more protected from older people with impaired immune function. "Recognizing the early symptoms of this disease and consulting your healthcare provider, so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza, is advice that could lessen the severity of the disease for you". People who have the flu often feel some or all of the following symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually: fever or feeling feverish/chills; cough; sore throat; runny or stuffy nose; muscle or body aches; headaches; fatigue; and vomiting and diarrhea, which are more common in young children than in adults.

She says you can contact your doctor within 24 hours to get treatment that can lessen the impact of flu.

Each year the formula for the vaccine is developed based on last year's flu virus. Vaccine effectiveness against H3N2 viruses has been around 30 percent.

These well intentioned gestures of good cheer coupled with children returning to school create the ideal storm scenario for spreading the flu even further. "If you are sick, please stay home to prevent further spread of the virus".

Administering a flu vaccination to a patient is Terri Buratczuk, clinical director of the Tri City Health Partnership, a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured. OH does not have a flu shot shortage.

"If you have the vaccine and you contract the flu, your symptoms are less than if you did not get the vaccine", Dr. Cannon said.

Visitors are also being urged to stay away from residential care facilities if they have respiratory symptoms, or the diarrhea and nausea associated with Norovirus or similar gastro-intestinal infections.

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