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Two Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Garland

Dallas County flu deaths climb to at least 10

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014  |  Updated 11:48 AM CDT
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The Garland Health Department says two flu-related deaths have been reported in the city.

According to the city, both of the patients were younger than 50 and "had no known underlying health conditions that would have contributed to infection or death."

Officials have not said if the patients had received this year's flu vaccine.  Due to patient confidentiality, further information about the patients will not be revealed by the health department.

As of Dec. 28, 2013, the most recent date a report was generated, there have been eight flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2013-2014 flu season. The latest deaths out of Garland bring that total to at least 10.

Anyone who has not yet received a flu vaccine is strongly encouraged to get one.

"The Clinical Services Division of the Garland Health Department has a robust supply of low-cost flu shots available at the Public Health Clinic located at 206 Carver Drive in Garland. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.) and accepts walk-in customers on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Appointments can be made by calling 972-205-3370," the city said in a news release Monday.

Earlier Monday, the Denton County Health Department reported the influenza-associated deaths of two people, a child and an adult.  Both of the patients in Denton County suffered from underlying health conditions.


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