Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Tarrant County

Ohio Department of Health reports state's first pediatric flu death of season

18-month-old in Lucas County dies from flu

ODH also reports 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December.

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more risky for the elderly and young children, Johnson said.

White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar said a 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus.

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"All this getting together closely over the holidays and now locked in because of the cold and the snow, that will enhance the transmission of flu", said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University.

The three flu-related deaths are the first ones in Tarrant County in a flu season that has gripped North Texas.

Medical professionals still insist that people look to reduce their risk of contracting the flu this season. "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is flawless".

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Flu symptoms can come on suddenly with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fatigue, though not everyone with the flu runs a fever, Rohler noted.

Schneider said the key to surviving the flu season without getting ill is to wash hands often, get the flu vaccine and exercise isolation from the public when you are sick with the flu.

These well intentioned gestures of good cheer coupled with children returning to school create the flawless storm scenario for spreading the flu even further.

"We're having a more severe season (than last year), but two years ago we had a very mild season", she said.

Although the flu vaccine is typically less than 50 percent effective doctors still recommend it. "Compared to the last three seasons, it looks a lot worse but it goes up and down".

Anti-viral drugs can be prescribed for people with underlying heart or respiratory illnesses, and they should arrange that in advance, even if they've had the seasonal flu shot, Kendall said.

That's probably an underestimation of the true number because health care providers aren't required to report cases to the health department, and many people don't seek health care, Scherzer said. They are most effective if they are taken within the first two days of contracting the illness.

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