January 24, 2019

10 people have died of the flu in SLO County

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

The county's death total continues to rise, with 11 deaths reported this week by public health officials.

Chen also says if the symptoms are severe, a person might try a trip to urgent care before the emergency room because it could be faster. "Sometimes they have underlying medical conditions and they don't tend to go to a hospital or a doctor in a timely fashion". Additionally, recently published studies found that people vaccinated against the flu are less likely to have serious complications that could put them in the hospital.

BORDERS MSP Christine Grahame is urging locals to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.

Because the flu is so bad this season, Chen says health professionals are doing things a bit differently this year.

"Now is the time to get your flu vaccine if you have not already", said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease at the Minnesota Department of Health. "We have been at widespread for the past three weeks". "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.

"We always have to remember that the Flu, although very common and we see it every year, is the most deadly virus", says Dr. Harkins. The most recent statistics that include adults were from the week that ended December 16, when 6.7 percent of deaths reported to the National Center for Health Statistics were attributed to influenza and pneumonia.

- This flu season is off to an intense start.

HISD reported 16 students with flu-like symptoms this year, but only one has been confirmed as the flu.

READ: Got the flu?

The strain of the flu spreading around Texas is called "H3N2", and Lakey said the flu vaccine is usually less effective on this particular strain - but that doesn't mean people shouldn't get a flu shot. The children's vaccine is available at all of DCHHS' immunization clinics.

So far this flu season, at least 3,927 people have been sent to the hospital with laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza.

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