By CLINT FOSTER
Despite a number of deaths reported across North Texas this flu season, Palo Pinto County has managed to remain in the clear, having reported no flu-related deaths since December, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services in Mineral Wells.
Reports hold that Dallas and Denton counties have confirmed 19 flu-related deaths since late December, 17 of which were adults in Dallas County alone.
The two confirmed deaths in Denton were an adult and a young girl. These statistics are not exhaustive because child flu deaths must be reported to Texas health officials, but adult flu deaths are not tracked statewide.
Although Palo Pinto County has avoided such statistics so far this year, area medical experts are urging people to still get flu vaccines.
The Health Department said medical providers are seeing an increase in flu across the state.
Officials added that current vaccines are designed to protect against H1N1 virus, more commonly known as the infamous swine flu.
The Health Department will provide flu shots on selected dates at various locations for uninsured adults and children that are uninsured, underinsured or have Medicaid. The fee is $10 per child or $20 per family and $20 per adult. No one is denied service for inability to pay. For more information about immunizations, please call (940) 325-7844.