Idaho flu deaths at record levels

Collin, Denton and Tarrant counties have also reported no pediatric deaths from flu-related symptoms.

Since 2000, the highest number of flu deaths in Idaho was 35 during the 2012-2013 season, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said in a news release.

Last week, Duke University Health System hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers began barring visits from most children under age 18 and requiring that patients receive no more than two adult visitors at a time as precaution against the flu. From the beginning of the year until February 11, the number of cases rose to its highest level since roughly the end of 2014. It is not too late to get your flu vaccine.

Four different flu viruses are circulating in the state, but the most prevalent in lab testing is the A (H3) strain. The Shelby County Health Department also wants to remind people to wash their hands often and stay home if they are feeling sick to limit the spread of the flu.

Many states across the country have reported dozens of people hospitalized with the flu.

Nationally, flu is responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths every year. Complications include, but are not limited to, secondary bacterial infections, serious pneumonia, and even death.

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