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    Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Tarrant County


    Kelly Hanes
    Senior Public Information Officer
    Tarrant County Public Health
    817-321-5306 direct
    817-401-5967 mobile

    Three Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Tarrant County


    January 10, 2018 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) received three influenza-associated death reports late Tuesday evening, marking the first voluntarily reported adult flu-related deaths of this flu season in Tarrant County.

    All three deaths involved senior adults (55+ years of age) with underlying medical conditions. No other health information will be released at this time to protect the identity of the families.

    Influenza-associated deaths involving adults (18+ years of age) are NOT reportable to local health departments by Texas law. Only pediatric flu deaths (0-17 years) are reportable. However, through TCPH's constant communication with its healthcare community partners, the department anecdotally receives some adult death reports every year as well.

    "It's safe to say that we are currently experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that,” said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. This season is a mirrored reflection of 2013-2014, which was one of the more serious flu seasons of the past decade. Recognizing the early symptoms of this disease and consulting your healthcare provider, so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza, is advice that could lessen the severity of the disease for you.”

    TCPH encourages all residents to follow these flu prevention tips:

    • Get a flu vaccine and avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If sick, limit personal contact to keep from infecting others. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever ends. It should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. They are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines and are not available over-the-counter.


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    News release date: January 10, 2018