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4 more die in the Tri-Cities' worst flu season in years

4 more die in the Tri-Cities' worst flu season in years

Denton County Public Health reported Wednesday the sixth and seventh influenza-associated deaths in Denton County for the 2017-2018 flu season.

So, why are mostly elderly people dying from the flu?

So far this season, 91 flu-related deaths have been reported in Pennsylvania. Among the 48 states for which information was available, Arkansas' percentage was the fifth-highest, behind Kentucky, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana. It also takes the shots about two weeks to become effective.

Officials believe that the flu season hasn't reached its peak, yet, and, unfortunately, expect more hospitalizations and victims.

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In Yakima County, most of those who died were older than 40 and had compromised immune systems, Sixberry said.

Normally, if you're unlucky enough to get the flu twice - you will get an Influenza A strain, and an Influenza B strain.

At Penn State Health St. Joseph, the number of flu cases has been stable, with about 15 to 20 influenza-like cases a day, said Mari Driscoll, director of infection control and prevention.

A CDC study released last year found that of children and teens who have died from the flu in recent years and whose vaccination status was known, three-quarters had not gotten the flu shot.

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Hays County reported its first flu-related death Wednesday after 366 positive flu cases had been confirmed since Feb 1. It is suggested that it is best to take anti-flu shots as a precaution to avoid getting sick entirely, but it is highly recommended that people take shots as opposed to nasal spray flu vaccine.

"It is not too late to get vaccinated", Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS said in a statement. He also wants to point out, several deaths have been from patients who were sick with more than just the flu. Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Try to cough or sneeze into the corner of your elbow and not your hand, or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

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