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DENTON -- The Denton County Health Department confirmed two flu-related deaths in Carrollton on Monday.

One of the deaths was a female pediatric patient with underlying health conditions who had not received a flu shot.

The second patient was a man in his 70s who also had underlying health conditions. It is unclear whether or not he had received a flu vaccine.

No further patient information will be released.

'We have received reports of increased flu activity recently, and anticipate high activity for the next several weeks,' said Denton County Health Department Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez.

They are the first two flu deaths in the county this season.

The health department encouraged all unvaccinated residents to get immunized for the flu immediately.

'It's not too late to get a flu shot,' says Bing Burton, Denton County Health Department Director. 'Getting vaccinated means you can will help protect yourself from the flu, as well as help protect the health of the community. And the good news is that this year's vaccine appears to be a good match to the circulating strains.'

Denton residents can still receive free flu vaccines at both locations of the county health department. One is located at 535 S. Loop 288, Suite 1003 in Denton, and the other at 190 N. Valley Pkwy., Suite 203 in Lewisville.

You can learn more about immunizations in Denton County at this link.

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