3 more die of the flu in Dallas County, officials say

Susan Brown

Three more people have died from the flu in Dallas County.

"This is definitely shaping up to be an above-average flu season", said Dr. George Hess of the Washoe County District Board of Health.

Texas is among 36 states to have reported widespread flu activity this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The recent holiday season of Christmas heading into the New Year might not have been all fun and games for a number of area residents, who have battled cases of a hard strain of influenza that has hit OH and the rest of the country much earlier than the usual peak of flu activity in February, Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott reports. Compared to this time past year, we had 16 influenza-associated hospitalizations.

By comparison, 29 people were hospitalized during the second week of December a year ago. So far in Washoe County, five flu-related deaths have been reported.

Lavoie and his colleagues want to remind everyone that the symptoms of the flu are fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches and cough. Pregnant women and infants are particularly at high-risk for serious complications from the flu. "The flu shot remains the best protection we have against influenza".

These limitations include not permitting children under the age of 14 in the hospital for visitation purposes or anyone who exhibits flu or cold symptoms.

You can report flu year-round and view the weekly influenza report during the influenza season here. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Sick people should stay home to avoid infecting others at work, in school or in public places. "It is also important to help keep nurses and other patient care employees healthy so that they can take care of the patients". If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

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