Tarrant County Health Reports 5 More Flu-Related Deaths

Javier Stokes
January 20, 2018

So far, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say that 45 people have died from the virus since September.

In Dallas County, the number of flu-related deaths has skyrocketed since January 1, when the total number was just six.

"This tragic death is a reminder of how unsafe the flu can be, Public Health Director Matt Constantine said in the release".

The health department says there were 619 flu cases reported last week in North Dakota, bringing the total seasonal cases to 2,520.

The figures also reveal that the number of detections of influenza on hospital wards across the north has decreased from 274 in week one to 237 in week two. The health department has a list of locations to get flu shots. Hospitalizations are high, but not as high as the tough 2014-2015 season. A lot of the folks who have come in with the influenza did not get the flu shot this year.

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"When we have a bad season like what we have now, it's not unexpected we're going to see more deaths", said Dr. Kim Erlich, medical director of infection control at Mills Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame.

By comparison, the 2016-17 season had 219 confirmed deaths related to the flu. But Jones said people need to remember that it can be a killer. The CDC recommends a yearly vaccine for people 6 months and older.

Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.

"While there are indications the flu season may now be peaking, we also know that the flu season will be continuing for many more weeks", said Jim Blumenstock, chief of health security for the Assn. of State and Territorial Health Officials, in a call with reporters this week.

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