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Flu deaths continue to rise: Three more reported in Cuyahoga County

19 January 2018

Since the beginning of this flu season, 45 Oklahomans have died due to the flu, according to the Oklahoma Health Department.

Tarrant County reported its first flu deaths on January 9.

A total of 1,429 people have been hospitalized for the flu, including 338 in Tulsa County, between September 1 and Tuesday, according to the state. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

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The number of flu deaths in Collin and Dallas counties combined reached 86 this week. All the deaths statewide are in the age group 50 and older. OCCHD was one of the first public health departments in the nation to receive accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The flu outbreak has also forced at least 11 school districts in Texas and Oklahoma to shut down, including two in North Texas.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

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Public Health Department spokesman John Ricci said "it is hard if not impossible" to pinpoint when flu season will peak.

Public health officials think the current flu season is going to be worse than last year's because the dominant flu strain, H3N2, causes more fatalities than other flu viruses.

"Unfortunately, as in years past, we are seeing increasing flu activity and the heartbreaking consequences it can have", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. Getting the flu can be serious.

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Flu deaths continue to rise: Three more reported in Cuyahoga County