This story has been updated to reflect the newest number of flu-related deaths reported in Dallas County. 

The amount of people who have died from the flu in Dallas County continues to increase. 

On Thursday, the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department confirmed one adult died from the illness, bringing the total of flu-related deaths to 15. 

The most recent victims were 54, 37, 62 and 77 years old. All four patients had underlying medical conditions prior to dying, health officials say. 

Last week, the department also reported that a 34-year-old died from the virus. 

According to the health department, that victim did not have any underlying medical conditions prior to death. 

Fourteen adults and one person under 18 have died due to the virus during the 2019-2020 season. 

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In addition, there are two other pediatric deaths that may also be flu-related. The official cause of death is pending from the medical examiner’s office, health officials stated. 

Health experts still urge anyone six months and older to get a flu vaccine. 

People are also encouraged to follow preventive steps such as, frequently washing their hands, using their elbows to cover cough/sneeze and to stay home if you experience flu-like symptoms. 

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"If you do get sick with the flu, take antiviral medications if your doctor prescribes them," Dallas County health officials said in a written statement. 

The department is offering free flu vaccine for children and adults throughout the rest of January:

Friday, Jan. 31

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Austin Street Shelter, 2929 Hickory Street, Dallas, Texas 75226

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