Flu-related deaths this season reach 142 in San Diego County


Tarrant County has reported three flu deaths. Four pediatric influenza deaths, however, have been reported in the state.

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

Seven more flu-related deaths were reported in Dallas County on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 38 this season.

So far, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say that 45 people have died from the virus since September.

The Ohio Department of Health's flu activity summary for the week of December 31 to January 6 showed that flu remained widespread throughout the state.

Those who died were a 78-year-old from Cleveland, a 101-year-old from Euclid and a 95-year-old from Rocky River, the collaborative reported.

Visit www.tulsa-health.org for more information about the flu, including flu vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation, and accepted insurance and other methods of payment.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Getting the flu can be serious.

OSDH spokeswoman Jamie Dukes previously said the disparity in numbers doesn't necessarily mean the current flu season is more severe than previous ones. "The flu vaccine is the best public health tool we have, and an annual flu shot is recommended to everyone over six months", Wooten said.