Texas flu-related deaths rise to 4000

Kristen Gonzales
February 17, 2018

As the flu season brings record-breaking numbers of hospitalizations and deaths across the state, the Cleveland County Health Department is offering flu shots at no cost to recipients.

Additionally, 15 different counties have now reported at least 5 flu deaths. Over the past seven days, that number fell to under 1,000 cases for the first time in nearly a month.

In a typical season, vaccines prevent about 40 percent to 60 percent of flu cases serious enough to send people to doctors' offices. The Outer Boston Region percentage of 6.01 was a drop of more than 2 percent from last week's 8.3 percent.

Richland County has had 1,758reported cases of the flu, second most in S.C. behind Greenville (3,646).

The number of actual flu cases is considered much larger since most people are never tested. Flu season runs from October 1 through May.

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"The most information we can release is the region that the death occurred in", said a DHEC spokesman. "This is above the epidemic threshold for the week ending January 20, 2018".

The state DOH recommends everyone over six months old, including pregnant women, should get the flu shot. A high-dose vaccine for senior citizens also is available. That's up from last week's report of 167 people. This year's flu vaccine is estimated to be only 25 percent effective against that type.

The state has counted almost 200 people in the state who have died from the flu. A few North Carolina schools had closed temporarily because of the flu outbreak.

Other precautions include washing your hands frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, avoiding sick people and staying home if you're not feeling well.

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