The youngest people to die in Travis County from flu so far this season were in their 50s.
Harris County officials confirmed two additional deaths that are considered flu-related.
The NHS said some people were more vulnerable to becoming poorly in the colder months, including those with long-term conditions like diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Across the country in DE, the Division of Public Health (DPH) says lab-confirmed cases of influenza in DE have increased significantly over the last few weeks. The city of Roanoake is aiming to get everyone vaccinated, by offering the shot for free at their fire station.
Grey said that around the state there have been 18 flu-associated deaths, 12 in the last week. "We have been very full in our emergency department with cases of flu and other respiratory illnesses".
The department said as the flu season, now listed in the highest category as widespread, climbs toward its peak, residents can still get flu vaccines and it's not true, despite rumors, that the vaccine isn't effective this year.
The SNP member for Tweeddale and Lauderdale said: "It's not too late to get the flu jab - and if you're eligible for vaccination on the NHS it's important that you take that offer". "It is too early for us to know what the flu vaccine effectiveness is for the USA, and we can't make predictions based on what happened in other countries like Australia because it's not an equal comparison". Dr. Karen Dreiling, a pediatrician at Unity Point Clinic-Hiawatha, says while it takes lab tests to confirm Influenza, she can often tell just by how patients describe their symptoms. WakeMed Hospital is reporting a sharp increase in flu cases.
The non-profit immunization group recently received a shipment of over 2,000 flu vaccines for adults, and has an additional stockpile reserved exclusively for children who do not have health insurance or can not otherwise afford the vaccine.
"Even when there is a good match between the influenza strains that circulate and those that are used in the vaccine, there is a difference in its effectiveness", Werker explained. "It has been concerning across the country", Ledford said of the flu season. "And by the time they go there, they already have secondary complications". A recent study out of Australia, which recently wrapped up its flu season, showed that a similar vaccine wasn't all that useful there.