5 flu-related deaths confirmed in Houston area

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Harris County Health has confirmed there have been two deaths in the county as well.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services said the report issued listed four deaths, bringing the total to 26 for this flu season. He said the virus thrives in the winter months with people staying indoors, allowing it to spread.

"The health department does track school absenteeism due to flu-like symptoms", Ms. Hall said. A Houston doctor said local hospital beds were at capacity, telling flu sufferers they might be better off staying at home.

Roughly 270,000 people took advantage of the free flu shot, 20,000 less than a year ago. The city of Roanoake is aiming to get everyone vaccinated, by offering the shot for free at their fire station.

The Houston Health Department has confirmed two women in their 60s died at the end of a year ago from the flu.

Dr Flenley said: "The rise is partly down to the Aussie flu that was expected - and had been planned for with the flu vaccine".

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Though Chen says this year's flu shot is weaker than in years past, but says that shouldn't mean a person doesn't get it. "Our top goal is to treat all patients in a safe and appropriate manner, and our teams are doing their best to minimize any impact on our patients", said UNC Health Care/UNC REX Healthcare spokesperson Alan Wolf. "We have been at widespread for the past three weeks". This had been predicted but it's more virulent and the flu vaccine gives you some protection but not always complete protection.

From Dec. 31 to January 6, the Arizona Department of Health Services received 2,455 reports of flu.

Dr. John Kulish at Providence Hospital tells us they've already seen an increase in flu patients this season.

On average, the 10- to 12-week flu season generally ends in March, she said. Of the 421 students with flu-like illness, 118 of them were confirmed flu cases. "And so because of those things, we can see a lot of influenza that gets transmitted".

The flu may not sound like a big deal, but if you've ever had it, you know it can make you feel miserable.

St. Peter's says that they need to take these precautions since they have patients that could die from influenza such as newborns, hospice care patients and cancer patients who may have weakened immune systems.