Flu-Related Deaths Reported In Collin County

Jeannette Daniel
January 19, 2018

The Collin County Health Department reported six deaths related to the illness this season Thursday.

In Summit County, the flu claimed the lives of a 1-year-old boy and four adults within the first two weeks of the year.

So far, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say that 45 people have died from the virus since September. There has been one flu death in Ashtabula County.

Health departments report increased influenza activity across the state, including at several long-term care facilities. How to protect yourself from the fluThis has been the most deadly flu season since the county began collecting records two decades ago, health officials said.

Around the Tulsa area, hospital emergency rooms are reporting high traffic and more flu cases.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches.

OSDH spokeswoman Jamie Dukes previously said the disparity in numbers doesn't necessarily mean the current flu season is more severe than previous ones.

You can get a flu shot at many drugstores, retail stores, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and doctors' offices.

A nurse draws a dose of flu vaccine.

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