Flu-Related Deaths Reported In Collin County

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An additional 51 flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego County Wednesday, pushing the season total to 142 even as the number of new confirmed cases reported fell almost 1,000 from the previous week, according to the public health department's latest weekly flu report.

The number of flu-related deaths this season in San Diego County has reached a record high of 142, county health officials said. Most of the flu hospitalizations and deaths have been in the 65 and older demographic, followed by the 50-64 age group.

That's a significant week-over week decrease, but it's still a number that is four times greater than the same-week average of the last three flu seasons, according to the flu report.




Flu cases have been widespread across the country and have been particularly prevalent in Texas.

Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness. MORE: What you need to know about this year's flu season " There is medication that can be given that can help, but it really needs to be given within the first 48 hours of symptoms", said Dr. Leanard Pollack with the Henry Ford Health System.

However, given the mortality rate that has resulted from this flu season, county health officials are advising residents to seek out flu vaccines if they have not already been vaccinated. Getting the flu can be serious. This flu season could linger for another 13 weeks.

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