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Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Tarrant County

Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Tarrant County

The victim was a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.

Visit the Fairfield County Health Department website at for more information on influenza.

The clinic is experiencing record-high patient volumes, which means people can expect longer wait times, sometimes up to four hours, said Jennifer Rohler, manager of KRMC emergency services.

Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Use a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid using your hands, but if you do, immediately wash or use antibacterial cleanser to help prevent germs from spreading.

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Mohave County has also experienced an early and busy start to the flu season, said Anna Scherzer, epidemiologist for Mohave County Public Health Department.

Up to December 30, 1,050 influenza-associated hospitalizations had been reported and 34 deaths.

"It's safe to say that we are now experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that", Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones said.

"Even if it's not a good match and even if you do get sick, you have a milder version of the disease, so hopefully you don't have to be hospitalized ... and you may not expire", he said.

People should continue to take precautions, however, he said.

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Let your doctor know right away if you have symptoms suggestive of the flu during flu season.

Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part. To date, there have been no reports of pediatric death associated with flu.

"We still are entering the first peak month in this neck of the woods out here", Dr. Michael Johnson, director of community health at the Southern Nevada Health District, said Friday. No public schools had been closed because of increased influenza-like illness.

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the US in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.

These well intentioned gestures of good cheer coupled with children returning to school create the flawless storm scenario for spreading the flu even further. The flu can lead to complications like pneumonia, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions. However, a second wave of influenza will often cause illnesses after the first.

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Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, and a headache.