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.
JPS hospital in Fort Worth is extending hours at a network of neighborhood clinics to help relieve the crush of flu patients.
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.
More people are packing into urgent care clinics, seeking a vaccine, as hospitals overflow with flu-concerned patients.
Hundreds of people turned away at Chase Oaks Family Center in Plano after flu vaccines are used up.
Dallas County and other North Texas health departments are overrun with people — who are only now getting vaccinated for fear they’ll get the flu. The rush comes even though health officials have urged people to get their shot since last September.
Fort Worth health workers are looking into what may be another flu-related death.
Texas already has a higher than average number of flu cases. In fact, averages here are some of the highest in the country. Now, a particularly dangerous and deadly strain of the flu is spreading across the state.
A new high-dose flu vaccine for seniors works better than the standard shot in that age group. Regular flu shots tend to be only about 30 to 40 percent effective in people 65 and older. Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone High-Dose vaccine boosted that to 50 percent.
More children are coming down with whooping cough in Tarrant County, just as warnings are going out to get vaccinated against the bacteria.
Health officials in Tarrant County said they’ve seen a record number of whooping cough cases and are urging people and businesses to take action.