Tarrant County reports its first 3 flu deaths

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But Harding said that is not the case at FMC.

"It's never too late to get the flu shot, since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", de Lota said.

ODH recommends that people get the flu vaccine, which can prevent against certain strains of the flu.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced yesterday that Hong Kong has officially entered the winter flu season.

"What's important about influenza B is actually its impact on kids", Tam said. "It had just hit at that school and you know, you can't fault them for that, that's their most precious thing in the world".

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.

"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.

She's seen a recent spike in cases with 170 reports of influenza in the county through December 23, a 45-percent increase from a year ago.

There were 1,750 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January.

She added that typically, Influenza A is much more hard to experience than Influenza B. In fact, different years bring different strains of flu, and the numbers of cases, complications, hospitalizations, and deaths related to the flu vary from year to year. There have been 34 reported deaths.

"We've seen an increasing number of cases in the last week", said Dr. Luis Manrique, an infectious disease specialist who has been working at both Delnor and Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. There have been fewer than five pediatric deaths.

She says you can contact your doctor within 24 hours to get treatment that can lessen the impact of flu. Younger patients tend to present a little bit differently. "Certainly we're seeing that in the hospital", he said.

We're told H3N2 is the worst strain right now, but H1N1 is also widespread.

It's not clear yet how effective this year's flu vaccine will be, as federal data on that won't be available till February.

De Lota said there are varying reasons why patients don't get the vaccine.

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