The number of reported flu deaths in Dallas County this season is now up to four.

The county Health and Human Services Department on Friday reported the third and fourth flu deaths, which were patients in Dallas and Sunnyvale. Their ages were not yet known, according to a county news release.

This year's flu season hasn't been as intense in North Texas, so far, as it was last year.

Around this same time in 2018, there were more than 30 flu-related deaths in Dallas County. The 2017-2018 flu season eventually saw at least 82 flu-related deaths in the county.

"We cannot predict the intensity, severity or duration of the flu season from year to year,” Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS Health Authority/Medical Director, said in the news release Friday. “The best way to protect yourself and others is to get your seasonal flu shot.”

The DCHHS is still encouraging residents to a get a flu shot. Free flu shots for children are available at six county immunization clinics. Free flu shots are also available for adults and seniors, while supplies last, at the following locations and times: 

  • Main DCHHS Building, 2377 North Stemmons Freeway, First Floor, Dallas, Texas 75207
  • Jan. 16, 2019, from 10 am – 12 pm at the Mexican Consulate 1210 River Bend Dr., Dallas, TX 75247
  • Jan. 19, 2019 from 10 am – 12 pm at the South Garland Branch Library 4845 Broadway Blvd, Garland, TX 75043
  • Jan. 30, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm at the Mexican Consulate 1210 River Bend Dr., Dallas, TX 75247

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone six months and older.