Tarrant County reports its first 3 flu deaths

Kristen Gonzales
January 11, 2018

If you have the flu, it's important to isolate yourself. That dwarfs the 369 hospitalizations at this time past year.

In December, the Ohio Department of Health raised the level of flu activity in the state to "widespread", the highest level of concern.

As flu activity increases in Los Angeles County this week - killing almost three times as many people as at the same point previous year - public health officials have a message: It's not too late to get vaccinated.

According to USA officials, the flu vaccine is still the best way to safeguard your immune system against influenza.

"We're feeling this is even worse than that last one", he said, noting this is the worst flu outbreak he's seen since he started working in healthcare 13 years ago.

If you think you have the flu, Whaley said, people should visit their doctor or an urgent care clinic as soon as possible.

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"Anyone that's had influenza, and I mean real influenza - not a sniffle or a cough or a cold - but real, true influenza, they'll know how severe this can be", Bogoch said. Randy Bergen, a pediatrician who is leading Kaiser Permanente-Northern California's anti-flu effort.

Health officials now say two boys from OH have died from the flu in what is shaping up to be one of the most severe flu seasons in recent years. The number of cases is rising and the predominant strain - A (H3N2) - is one that in past years has caused more hospital admissions and deaths than other strains, especially among older adults and young children. Oseltamivir is available in different formulations in generic and under the trade name 'Tamiflu, ' and zanamivir is available under the tradename 'Relenza, ' " she wrote.

However, it is noted that these cases may have been caused by other acute medical conditions or underlying diseases that could've affected the flu. Antiviral drugs work best when administered within two days of getting sick.

"Yes", she said. "We're seeing a significant increase in patients and outpatients with flu-related illnesses".

Public health officials are also urging those who are sick to stay home, and for employers to allow workers to take days away when they're ill.

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