Tarrant County reports its first 3 flu deaths

11 January, 2018, 06:11 | Author: Clint Gray
  • A syringe contains the flu vaccine at Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

Flu season has arrived across IL, with local health professionals concerned this year's virus strains including Influenza A may be severe.

While Denton County hasn't seen quite that volume of hospitalizations, Denton County Public Health chief epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez said the uptick in cases is still noticeable and noticeably early.

A syringe contains the flu vaccine at Tri City Health Partnership, a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

"Our area hospitals and emergency departments are seeing an influx of patients that are seriously ill", said Dr. Mark Wilson, Jefferson County Health Officer.

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added.

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According to USA officials, the flu vaccine is still the best way to safeguard your immune system against influenza.

Two more patients died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, taking the death toll to 27 this season.

The CDC says you can help limit the spread of the flu by washing your hands often and disinfecting spots that are touched frequently.

We also reached out to the health departments in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain and Warren counties.

When it comes to the flu, there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk (and the risk to those around you). What to be on the lookout for number one is fever, muscle aches, sore throat.

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"Its very important for people who are sick to be able to stay home", said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health.

There have been reports that the shot is not as effective this year, but public health officials tracking the vaccine's effectiveness believe it may be better than the model being used in Australia, where it was only 10 percent effective, KRMC's Williams said.

"This season is a mirrored reflection of 2013-2014, which was one of the more serious flu seasons of the past decade".

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.

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