Three more flu deaths in Travis County brings toll to 37


Health officials confirmed Tuesday that three more people in Travis County have died from the flu, bringing the death toll this season to 37.

No children have died this season and 57 percent of the deaths so far have been people over the age of 80, Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said.

Barasch called this a particularly deadly season for the illness, in which four different strains of the virus are circulating. “The number of flu-related deaths among Travis County residents reported to Austin Public Health is at levels not seen in over ten years,” she said.

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Health officials reminded people flu season runs until May and encouraged them to get flu shots if they haven’t.

“Stay at home if you’re sick, cover your cough if you sneeze, get your flu shot and be very mindful of washing your hands regularly,” Barasch said.



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