Health officials on high alert after third flu death


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and Staff

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 4:09 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- Health officials in Travis County are on high alert after a third person died from the flu.

In December two people died in Austin from the H1N1 strain of the virus. Now the Health Department confirms a third death. We don't know much about the victim except that they were over 65 years old.

Health officials are closely monitoring flu cases right now. The rate of infections in Texas is among the worst in the country.

Typically warnings go out for those who are most at risk. That's usually anyone who's 50 or older, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions, or children. They're all urged to get the vaccine.

Now with swine flu cases surging, Austin-Travis County EMS says more people should take precautions including young and middle-aged adults.

This is the same strain that killed nine people in Travis County in 2009.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, but it takes two weeks to take effect. Many pharmacies have signs on their doors saying they're temporarily out of stock due to the large demand.

More vaccines are on the way and expected to reach those pharmacies later this week.

Go here for tips on avoiding the flu.