Flu season still going strong

This chart shows the path of the flu in several different years

This chart shows the path of the flu in several different years

However, the Texas Department of State Health Services explained that the flu activity still remains high across the state.

On Monday, the Division of Public Health announced five more deaths for the 2017-218 flu season, bringing the total to 28-which ties the highest flu-related death total since they have been tracked, recorded in 2014-2015. She tells WDET's Laura Weber-Davis she is cautiously optimistic the worse of this particularly unsafe strain of the flu could be behind us, now that the weather is beginning to warm up and people are spending less time cooped up in offices and close quarters.

The data indicates the season is slowing.

"We have seen the numbers go up and down in the past", Deti said.

DE public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 28, tying the record death total from three years ago.

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Wallace said though people are less likely to get the flu towards the end of the season, they should still remain cautious and stay away from people with flu-like symptoms. Included in the total are four pediatric deaths.

Three other Arkansas children or teenagers have also died from the flu this season, including two others who were age 5-18 and one child younger than 5.

The Garvin County Health Department is still encouraging folks to get a flu shot, which right now is being offered at no cost to recipients. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Garvin County Health Department at 405-238-7346, for clinic times and further information.

Last year, the flu season in Wyoming peaked at the end of January.

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