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Tarrant County reports its first 3 flu deaths

11 January 2018, 03:16 | Darrell Baldwin

4-year-old boy is Ohio's first child flu-related death this season

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

The Ohio Department of Health has released that just under 4,000 cases of flu related hospitalizations have been reported in Ohio since October.

In Dallas County, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported this season, according to WFAA.

The dominant influenza A strain is H3N2, a nasty virus that tends to infect the elderly in greater numbers, with concurrent circulation of a B strain, a type that typically causes less severe illness.

"We really haven't seen a season quite like this in a little while", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, referring to the mix of two primary strains making people sick during this year's epidemic.

"We're seeing a pretty large spike in cases over the last two weeks", Jennifer Roth, the department's Epidemiologist said.

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more unsafe for the elderly and young children, Johnson said. If you do get the flu, then the flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness. That's why getting the flu vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu for everyone 6 months and older.

As flu activity increases in Los Angeles County this week - killing almost three times as many people as at the same point past year - public health officials have a message: It's not too late to get vaccinated.

Experts warn this year's flu season could be worst than other years and with school back in session, it means its open season for the flu virus to spread.

The department advised people to seek emergency care only if they are at high risk for complications or experiencing severe symptoms. "Get out there and get your flu shot".

He said he recommends the three C's for prevention: Cover your cough, clean your hands and contain it - meaning people should stay home when they are sick.

Flu season is heating up.

Local ER departments and outpatient clinics are also seeing very high volumes of patients, health officials said. 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.



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