Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 7, 2014

Dallas, Denton counties confirm 19 flu deaths

Associated Press
The Athens Review

DALLAS — Health officials in Dallas and Denton counties have confirmed 19 flu-related deaths as medical experts urge people to get vaccinated.

Dallas County Health and Human Services confirms 17 adult flu deaths since late December.

The Denton County Health Department on Monday confirmed the deaths of one adult and a girl. Both people from the Carrollton area had underlying medical problems.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says medical providers are seeing an increase in flu across the state. Current vaccines are designed to protect against H1N1, commonly known as swine flu.

Child flu deaths must be reported to Texas health officials, but adult flu deaths are not tracked statewide.