29 flu deaths recorded in Travis County, activity still high

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Four more people have died from the flu in the Tri-Cities, bringing the total to 12 since mid-December - and making this the most deadly local flu season in recent memory.

The CDC's summary also reports that 17 children have died from the flu in this latest reporting period, but noted that one fatality took place in the 2015-16 reporting period.

State health officials are looking into 52 adult deaths that could be flu-related.

Due to the severity of the flu cases this season, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an update to inform others on the necessary precautions they may want to take once they have contracted the flu. Among the 48 states for which information was available, Arkansas' percentage was the fifth-highest, behind Kentucky, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana. These individuals should stay home and avoid contact with other people. It is likely that there are many more people actually affected than the report shows. The flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface.

Maryland Department of Health continues to track this year's flu, which remains classified as "high intensity" and with "widespread geographic activity".

As with the national and statewide trends, Polk County Health officials say we're in the midst of a particularly brutal flu season.

This flu season, a total of 106 influenza-associated deaths reported by DHEC, which said that SC reported widespread activity this week. That was in 2015, and it was something of an aberration - the three years before and two years after only saw one to two flu deaths each. The influenza virus can influence other health problems such as pneumonia.

Frequent hand-washing and avoiding contact with those who may have the flu is recommended.

Make sure that you wash your hands well with soap and water, which will help remove the germs on your hands. It can reduce flu-related illnesses, visits to the doctor, missed work and school and flu-related hospitalizations.

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