7 more flu-related deaths reported in Dallas County

Joy Montgomery
January 19, 2018

The number of fatalities this flu season is the highest it's ever been for the county since officials began tracking flu-related deaths approximately 20 years ago, county officials said.

Those who died were a 78-year-old from Cleveland, a 101-year-old from Euclid and a 95-year-old from Rocky River, the collaborative reported.

That's a significant week-over week decrease, but it's still a number that is four times greater than the same-week average of the last three flu seasons, according to the flu report.

More than 400 people have died from the flu around the country.

So far all flu-related deaths in North and Northeast Texas have been adults.

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Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches. Nearly 36,000 people die every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, given the mortality rate that has resulted from this flu season, county health officials are advising residents to seek out flu vaccines if they have not already been vaccinated.

"This year, we've had increased activity and Oklahoma was one of the first states to start experiencing more widespread activity", said Dr. David Chansolme M.D, Medical Director of Infection Prevention for Integris Health. The cost is $10 and up, depending on insurance.

The strain of flu going around is the H3-strain, which makes this year's flu shots only 30-40 percent effective.

Young people under 10 and those 60 and over, as well as anyone with a weakened immune system, heart, lung and kidney disease; and diabetes are most at risk of developing serious influenza from the H3N2 strain.

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