Three flu-related deaths reported in Tarrant County

Three flu-related deaths reported in Tarrant County

Officials with the Tarrant County Health Department are reporting three flu-related deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw past year at this time.

"It's safe to say that we are now experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that", said Tarrant County Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. The boy is from Montgomery County in southwest Ohio.

ODH also says 1,750 people were put in the hospital in the first week of 2018, almost double than the week before.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig, in a statement.

ODH recommends that people get the flu vaccine, which can prevent against certain strains of the flu. During the last flu season, there were 17 total.

ODH also recommends frequently washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs and staying home when you're sick.

So far, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most common flu viruses circulating this season, according to CDC. Vaccine effectiveness against other circulating flu viruses has been about 60 percent for H1N1 viruses, and around 50 percent for influenza B viruses.

Flu has hit widespread activity in 46 states, including Ohio.

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

Adult flu deaths are not required to be reported to local health departments.

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