Flu-related deaths this season reach 142 in San Diego County


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw previous year at this time.

Officials in El Paso County say the Colorado patient who died from the flu died in their county.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health has confirmed a total of three flu-related deaths in the county so far this season.

Flu activity decreased to "moderate low" during that week, and the activity level for the last week in December was revised from "high" from "very high".

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 Centers for Disease Control classifies the flu outbreak in Texas this year as widespread.

H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches. OCCHD reminds the public that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine, so don't wait to receive the flu shot. Getting the flu can be serious.

Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May. "In other words, the complication might not be all that bad from the flu, it might be a shorter time that you would be sick". Details may change as more information becomes available.