Collin County Health Reports Five Flu-Related Deaths

That's more than twice the 17 flu-related deaths reported in the entire 2016-17 season, health officials said.

All of the patients had "high risk" health conditions and died from complications of the flu, according to officials.

While counties are required to report when people younger than 18 have died of the flu, adult flu deaths are not required to be reported.

As of the last week of 2017, 25 people had died, meaning the state's death toll doubled in just one week. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old. All the deaths statewide are in the age group 50 and older.

"We are now in the midst of a very active flu season with widespread and intense flu activity".

There have been 38 reported deaths in Dallas County, three in Tarrant County and two in Denton County.

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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.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches.

Public Health Department spokesman John Ricci said "it is hard if not impossible" to pinpoint when flu season will peak.

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

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

  • Ismael Montgomery