A North Texas mother of three has died from the flu. Now her family is sharing their traumatic experience and encouraging others to take this year’s dangerous strain of influenza seriously.
The Tarrant County Health Department confirmed a sixth flu-related death in the county Tuesday.
The flu virus continues to be deadly across the DFW area, and now local health officials are concerned that the height of the epidemic has not even hit North Texas yet.
Despite the spring-like weather, the flu season may be weeks away from tapering off, according to the Dallas County health director.
JPS hospital in Fort Worth is extending hours at a network of neighborhood clinics to help relieve the crush of flu patients.
Denton resident Toya Norman, 46, is one of the dozens in North Texas to recently be diagnosed with the deadly H1N1 virus. She has been in a medically induced coma for about two weeks now.
Collin County reported two flu victims early Friday and Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported 35 deaths.
Baylor hospital is announcing it’s now operating on what they call a “code yellow” status as a result of the high influx of flu patients in the North Texas area.
A virulent flu strain is being blamed for the deaths of dozens of North Texans and has sickened many more. At John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, emergency room traffic has jumped some 35 percent.
Many people across North Texas are struggling to find the flu shot. However, local health officials said that there are still plenty of doses available throughout the area.
As the flu virus continues its deadly spread across North Texas, health officials are telling those who have been avoiding flu shots that there is still time to get protected. And many hold outs are beginning to listen.
A new aggressive approach to collecting flu statistics, the Dallas County Health and Human Services said, has led to more accurate flu numbers this year than in the past.