Dallas County Health Confirms 3 Additional Flu Deaths

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There was also a pediatric death from the flu in the last reporting period in Minnesota.

"We're definitely seeing a lot more cases of flu and definitely more than past year", said Lyndy Stone, marketing director for Shannon Medical Center.

Flu viruses circulate in the Southern Hemisphere before they hit the United States, so the flu season in Australia can predict how bad flu season will be in the U.S. There have been over 10,000 lab-confirmed cases this season, according to county data.

The flu season is particularly bad in California, leading to medicine shortage, crowded emergency rooms, and alarming death rates.

Hospitals in the Carolinas HealthCare System and in the Triad area have announced safeguards created to prevent the spread of the flu, including are telling children 12 years old and younger not to visit patients.

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The two strains of flu making the rounds are A and B, and current levels of influenza B are showing up much earlier than usual.

Flu shots are still being offered across North Texas.

Jernigan said this flu season looks a lot like the seasons in 2012-13 and 2014-15, both of which saw the H3N2 strain of the virus as the predominant type of infection.

Already, 26 people died from the flu in North Carolina.

Because influenza is not a "reportable" disease in Iowa, doctors are not required to notify IDPH each time a case is diagnosed; however, IDPH conducts influenza surveillance that helps identify what strains of flu are circulating, how widespread illness is, and in what regions of the state illness is occurring.

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"It's not too late to get your flu shot". Fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting and diarrhea, which is more common in young children than adults.

The flu season typically lasts from October through May. The strain is considered especially unsafe to young children and older adults over the age of 65.

Kendall says if you're visiting loved ones in care homes this time of year, make sure to wash your hands, and delay your visit if you're sick.

People at higher risk are those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, children under age two and people over 65. Therefore, in any given year, what dictates the overall effectiveness of the flu in any given person are a combination of the age of the patient and their overall health, especially as it pertains to their immune system.

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