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With 7 more flu deaths in Dallas County, toll doubles last season's

With 7 more flu deaths in Dallas County, toll doubles last season's

The deaths were recorded in the county's influenza report for the week ending January 6 and was posted on the web site of the Department of Public Health. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

There have been 38 reported deaths in Dallas County, three in Tarrant County and two in Denton County. The number for those in the oldest category (85 and older) almost doubled within this last week, from 66 cases to 121 reported cases of the flu.

So far all flu-related deaths in North and Northeast Texas have been adults.

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In a number of areas, the army has been called out to back up local security forces and protect government buildings and banks. The new financial year has also brought with it price hikes on some goods and increased taxes on imports.

Because most flu infections are never confirmed with formal testing, the percentage of local emergency departments showing flu-like symptoms is often seen as a more accurate gauge of just how active influenza is in the community.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches. "The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if one gets the flu". Nearly 36,000 people die every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself and others you come into contact with. The cost is $10 and up, depending on insurance. Past year at this point, only 311 flu patients had been hospitalized statewide.

Young people under 10 and those 60 and over, as well as anyone with a weakened immune system, heart, lung and kidney disease; and diabetes are most at risk of developing serious influenza from the H3N2 strain.

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