Two More Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Dallas County: DCHHS

Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties

"The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of year, and public health officials are concerned there will be a high risk of spreading the flu during the holiday season".

"Here the flu season officially begins October 1 and lasts until March 31, but we look at it all year round", Burton said.

These restrictions are in place much earlier this flu season due to the rapid increase of influenza across the region, which matches the state and national trend.

There were 234 cases of influenza reported during the week that ended December 16, according to the Health Department's weekly influenza summary.

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Although the county has plenty vaccine to go around, Thompson said it seems that fewer people are getting flu vaccinations this year.

Fayette, Jefferson and Pike counties had the highest numbers of flu cases in the state. Stephens County is reporting the most cases in Southwest Oklahoma with five, followed by four in Comanche County and three in Jackson. In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected.

The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend an annual flu vaccine for all people ages six months and older.

'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties-and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season. If you're sick, stay home.

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Avoid close contact with sick people.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

A preventative vaccine is especially important for the very young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions. It takes about 2 weeks after the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu.

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