Dallas County Now Up to 23 Flu-Related Deaths This Season

Dallas County Now Up to 23 Flu-Related Deaths This Season

Officials with the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department report another five people have died from flu-related illnesses.

Harris County Health has confirmed there have been two deaths in the county as well.

Ten people have died of flu-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County since December 10, according to Ann McDowell, an epidemiologist with the SLO County Public Health Department.

While the outbreak continues, Grayson said it's "business as usual" at Texas Health Resources along with other hospitals around North Texas. "If you wash your hands, you have a much lower chance of contracting the flu", said Dr. Whitehead.

This week Parkland employees had to set up an outdoor medical tent to help handle the flow of patient visits...and they urging people to go to community clinics rather than the emergency room.

This particular type of H3N2 has infected more people earlier, and spread faster, than in years past.

Palomar Health Thursday announced that it will distribute its 150 remaining flu shots for free.

Cases of the flu rose by 37 percent over the pass week.

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Minnesota says 1,765 people have been hospitalized for the flu since October 2017, the highest number for this point in four years. "Our top goal is to treat all patients in a safe and appropriate manner, and our teams are doing their best to minimize any impact on our patients", said UNC Health Care/UNC REX Healthcare spokesperson Alan Wolf.

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The non-profit immunization group recently received a shipment of over 2,000 flu vaccines for adults, and has an additional stockpile reserved exclusively for children who do not have health insurance or can not otherwise afford the vaccine.

The entire last flu season, there were 173 cases, compared to this season, in just the first three months, there have been 130.

"Every day flu season feels like it's lasting a little longer", Grey said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw previous year at this time.

Vaccines are also available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies.

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