Flu toll rises in Collin, Denton counties

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on January 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 11:21 PM

DENTON — Denton County has now reported a total of four deaths linked to the outbreak of seasonal influenza in North Texas. The most recent victim — a woman in her 30s with no underlying health issues — was reported late Wednesday afternoon.

The health office there said the woman even received a flu vaccination, although it was unclear when it was administered.

A Plano woman in her 40s was reported as Collin County’s second flu death of the season, the health department said Wednesday.

Privacy laws prevent the health department from releasing further information. The death came days before the county ran out of flu vaccine for adults.

Collin County still has medication available for under-insured children, however. And many private pharmacies still have flu shots available for sale.

Health officials advise residents who have not received a flu shot to get one as soon as possible.

Denton County also ran out of the adult vaccine on Wednesday.

"Never happened, that I can remember," said Tristan Mata, a county nurse.

He showed News 8 the empty refrigerator where doses of the adult vaccine are typically stored.

The county spent nearly $60,000 on flu vaccine last spring.

Dallas and Tarrant counties both said they have enough adult vaccines for the foreseeable future — 2,000 and 400 doses respectively.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has recorded nearly 40 flu deaths this season. According to corresponding health departments, Dallas County has logged 26; Tarrant has seen five; there have been three cases in Denton; and one each in Hunt and Wise counties.

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