Flu-related deaths this season reach 142 in San Diego County

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The County Health and Human Services Agency reported 52 more people have died from the flu bringing the total deaths this flu season to an all-time high of 142 flu deaths.

Tarrant County reported its first flu deaths on January 9.

We've confirmed three influenza-associated deaths and 233 hospitalizations in Oklahoma County for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Texas has seen 1,155 combined adult flu and pneumonia deaths and four flu-related pediatric deaths in Texas as of a January 12 report.

Officials said 35 of those who died were over 65 years old, and 10 were between 50 and 64 years old. In addition, the very young (0-4 years old) and school age children have been affected.




The number of flu deaths in Collin and Dallas counties combined reached 86 this week.

Flu is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person through sneezing, coughing and contact with hands that touch the eyes, nose and mouth. Almost 80% of confirmed flu cases are Type A, H3N2, with Type A, H1N1 and Type B, taking 10 percent (each) of the total cases.

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Public Health Department spokesman John Ricci said "it is hard if not impossible" to pinpoint when flu season will peak.

The strain of flu going around is the H3-strain, which makes this year's flu shots only 30-40 percent effective. "The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if one gets the flu".

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