FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
January 10, 2018 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public
Health (TCPH) received three influenza-associated death reports late
Tuesday evening, marking the first voluntarily reported adult
flu-related deaths of this flu season in Tarrant County.
All three deaths involved senior adults (55+ years of age) with underlying medical conditions. No other health information will be released at this time to protect the identity of the families.
Influenza-associated deaths involving adults (18+ years of age) are NOT reportable to local health departments by Texas law. Only pediatric flu deaths (0-17 years) are reportable. However, through TCPH's constant communication with its healthcare community partners, the department anecdotally receives some adult death reports every year as well.
"It's safe to say that we are currently experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that,” said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. This season is a mirrored reflection of 2013-2014, which was one of the more serious flu seasons of the past decade. Recognizing the early symptoms of this disease and consulting your healthcare provider, so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza, is advice that could lessen the severity of the disease for you.”
TCPH encourages all residents to follow these flu prevention tips:
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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