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MedStar: Flu responses trending three times higher than last year

Posted Nov. 28, 2018

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MedStar will provide a vaccination clinic to groups of 10 or more.

In the earliest weeks of the 2018-19 influenza season, MedStar crews already are responding to three times as many patients with flulike illnesses compared to last year.

Between Sept. 1 and Nov. 26, MedStar crews treated 226 patients with a primary or secondary clinical impression of influenza-like illness. This compares to 44 patients during the same time last year.

Among this year’s cases, the average age is 45, with the youngest 9 months and oldest 94 years; 57 percent of the patients are female. The highest-prevalence ZIP code in MedStar’s service area is 76112 in far east Fort Worth.

Between January and March 2018, MedStar crews responded to more than 1,100 patients with flulike illness.

To help reverse this early trend, MedStar will take a mobile flu vaccination clinic to any location with a group of 10 or more people to be vaccinated.

View flu prevention tips from the Tarrant County Public Health Department.

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