UPDATE (January 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm) --- Reports have indicated that a 30-year-old Denton woman has became the fourth person to die of the flu in Denton County, health officials confirmed. The woman, who had received a flu shot, had no underlying medical conditions, according to Sarah McKinney, a spokesperson for the Denton County Health Department.
UPDATE (January 14, 2014 at 10:30 am) --- From the Denton County Health Department: "The Denton County Health Department (DCHD) has received a report of an influenza-associated death in Highland Village. The patient was a female in her 80s with underlying health conditions; vaccination status is unknown. For patient confidentiality, no further information will be released. This is the third influenza-associated death in Denton County for 2013-2014 flu season."
The Denton County Health Department (DCHD) has received reports of two influenza-associated deaths in Carrollton. The first was a female pediatric patient with underlying health conditions, who had not received a flu vaccine for the season. The second patient was a male in his 70s, with underlying health conditions; vaccination status is unknown. These are the first two influenza-associated deaths in Denton County for 2013-2014 flu season. For patient confidentiality, no further information will be released.
“We have received reports of increased flu activity recently, and anticipate high activity for the next several weeks,” says Juan Rodriguez, Denton County Health Department Chief Epidemiologist.
All unvaccinated residents are strongly encouraged to get immunized for the flu immediately.
“It’s not too late to get a flu shot,” says Bing Burton, Denton County Health Department Director. “Getting vaccinated means you can will help protect yourself from the flu, as well as help protect the health of the community. And the good news is that this year’s vaccine appears to be a good match to the circulating strains.”
Free flu vaccines are still available at both locations of DCHD (see location details below). Visit DCHD’s Immunizations website (www.dentoncounty.com/immunizations) for more information on vaccinations offered. Visit the U.S. Health and Human Services flu website (www.flu.gov), or the CDC flu website (www.cdc.gov/flu) for details about flu symptoms, treatment, prevention tips, vaccination, and other flu topics. You can also get updates though Twitter from both agencies by following @CDCFlu or @FluGov.
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