LATEST: Travis County flu death toll hits 39, officials say


The flu death toll in Travis County hit 39 this week, continuing what public health officials have described as one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent memory.

Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said the majority of deaths so far have been people age 80 and older and that no children have died from the illness.

The death toll is now more than double the second deadliest season in recent history, which was in 2014-15, when 17 people died, health officials said.

Flu season typically lasts from October to May and peaks in January and February.

Because four different strains of the virus are circulating this year, it is possible to test positive more than once, Barasch said. She encouraged people to still get flu shots.

“Stay at home if you’re sick,” Barasch said. “We know it’s a very bad flu season.”


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