Flu-related deaths in Travis County rise to 11


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The number of people who have died in Travis County from the flu has gone up to 11, county officials said.

All of them were older than 50 years old.

CommUnityCare Health Centers in Travis have seen up to 90 patients a day with flu-like symptoms this season.

Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this season, according to updated numbers released Thursday.

Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50.

The previous report, from data gathered Dec. 23, stated that seven people had died from the flu in Travis County up to that point. It also reported that 1,200 people had tested positive for the flu, a number that experts say is likely much higher. Doctors are not required in Texas to report cases of influenza.

READ MORE: Flu rampant in swaths of Texas with 2 more months to go in flu season

The 19 CommUnityCare Health Centers in Travis County report they have received up to 90 patients a day with flu-like symptoms since mid-December, according to Central Health, which funds the centers. More than half of those patients have been diagnosed with influenza, Central Health said Friday.

Williamson and Hays counties each have reported more than 700 flu cases but no flu deaths.

The peak of flu season typically lasts until March, so it’s not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say.

“Even though the vaccine isn’t as effective this season as it has been in the past, it helps your body to create protective antibodies that protects against other strains of the flu,” said Dr. Brendan De Marco, associate director of infection control for CommUnityCare Health Centers.



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