Flu deaths in Washington have spiked dramatically in the last week

Flu deaths in Washington have spiked dramatically in the last week”

There have also been at least three flu-related deaths in Tarrant County and 38 in Dallas County, according to Tarrant County Public Health and Dallas County Health and Human Services. Collin County also reported its first six deaths.

Health officials in Knox County, Indiana report someone in Vincennes has died from the flu.

The number of positive flu tests in Mobile County has more than tripled than at this time past year.

A nurse draws a dose of flu vaccine.

"We still anticipate several weeks of high influenza activity", said Juan Rodriguez, DCPH Assistant Director and Chief Epidemiologist. "The increased deaths worry us, but it's not unusual compared to other seasons when we've seen the same thing from influenza". "It's generally related to a complication from the flu". State data shows the number of people testing positive for influenza fell last week, suggesting the flu season could be winding down.

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Strains other than H3N2, however, may pick up as the flu season continues into February and March. There have been more than 300 hospitalizations this season. We are seeing cases of severe influenza.

Dr Lucy Jessop from the PHA said: "If you do become unwell with flu or flu-like symptoms, you should stay at home - most cases of flu are likely to be mild and can be managed at home with over-the-counter remedies. They should get it because it's the thing to do".

Health reports state that all of the patients who died from the virus were over the age of 50.

Catherine Ho is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Health professionals say it's important to eat healthy, wash your hands frequently, and avoid people who are sick. This week's numbers have not yet been disclosed.

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