Saturday, September 18, 2021

As flu-related death count rises, Denton County Public Health urges prevention

There have been at least 14 flu-related deaths in North Texas this flu season.

Tarrant County Public Health was informed Tuesday night of three flu-related deaths in the county, and Monday, Dallas County Health and Human Services said 11 deaths so far this flu season have been associated with the flu.

As of Wednesday, Denton County hasn’t had any flu-related deaths this season, according to Alexandra Reed, spokeswoman at the Denton County Public Health. A spokesperson for Collin County Health Care Services could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Reed provided the following recommended precautions for residents to take to avoid catching the flu, even if they’ve gotten a flu shot:

  • Hand washing with soap and water
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, rather than your hand, to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you are sick, limit contact with others

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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