Denton County reports eighth flu-related death

Simple ways to help keep you, your kids from getting the flu

They say it is not too late to be immunized.

The researchers pondered over the question of why the previously healthy babies ran a swifter course to death due to flu with shorter illnesses. Getting vaccinated helps protect individuals, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain underlying health conditions.

Unfortunately, the flu season probably won't start winding down anytime soon, Schuchat added.

Should you get the flu shot even if it's the "wrong" strain?

"Overall hospitalizations are now significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began nearly a decade ago, in 2010", Schuchat said.

"This is a severe flu season, and unfortunately there are no signs that it has peaked yet", said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.

"While some area clinics and medical providers have run out of the flu vaccine, we still have plenty available".

The current flu season is "still on the rise", the acting director of the CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat, said Friday.

"The vaccine is not as good of a match for that particular strain this year, so the virus can mutate and it can tend to have the vaccine be less effective and therefore more flu gets spread around", Rubin said.

Mihalik recommended avoiding large gatherings where flu can spread easily.

Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA.

Here in Riverside County, deaths have almost doubled, bringing the deaths of people under the age of 64 who've died of flu related illness to 20.

This year's flu vaccine proved more effective against three influenza strains, but the fourth, H3N2, proved challenging. "There is no way that they are able to absolutely determine what exact flu strain will circulate or if there are new viruses that may emerge", she says. The deaths were least in the flu season of 2011 and 2012 at 37 and most during the H1N1 pandemic at 358 deaths. Further only 31 percent of the babies over 6 months that died of flue had received the flu vaccines. The CDC statistics place this flu season's mortality rates at 9.7%, which is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2%.

That's the message Taylor Marie's parents have been advocating since her death, "I see people sending their kids to school sick, because they can't afford to stay home and because of that people like us are losing our children", says Jessica. Common symptoms include a fever of 100° Fahrenheit, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose.

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