Flu Deaths in San Diego County Reach New High

Ana Martinez

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

The number of fatalities this flu season is the highest it's ever been for the county since officials began tracking flu-related deaths approximately 20 years ago, county officials said.

According to the health department's latest report on Thursday, 45 people, including three in Oklahoma County, have died due to the flu since September 1, 2017. Most of the flu hospitalizations and deaths have been in the 65 and older demographic, followed by the 50-64 age group.

Oklahoma County recorded 299 hospitalizations, while Tulsa County recorded 338 hospitalizations.

The three deaths are all women: a 78 year-old from Cleveland, a 101-year-old from Euclid and a 95-year-old from Rocky River. OCCHD was one of the first public health departments in the nation to receive accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

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. The four who died all had underlying illnesses.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Past year at this point, only 311 flu patients had been hospitalized statewide.

Get to the doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu as they may prescribe antivirals which can effectively reduce the symptoms.

Local health experts say this is the worst outbreak in more than decade, with children being especially hit hard.

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