McKINNEY (Jan. 17, 2014) — Collin County reported two new flu-related deaths Friday. The deceased are a Plano resident in her fifties and a Murphy resident in his sixties.

This brings the total to four of flu-related deaths. The first two were a Plano resident in her forties and a woman in late fifties.

Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms is strongly encouraged to seek immediate treatment. Early detection and treatment is important for avoiding serious complications. Also, preventing exposure and the spread of the flu is critical during this time of year.

For flu precautions you can go to the CDC web site at cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm. Please remember that it’s not too late to get your flu shot for this flu season. The County Health Care Department is completely out of adult flu vaccine and has a very short supply of children’s vaccine. However, shots are still available at many local doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

For county flu surveillance reports please go to collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/index.jsp. Please note that the county reports have a lag in reporting data due to the timing of regional and state reporting.

 

About Collin County

Collin County is one of 254 counties in the state of Texas and is located north of the metropolitan area of Dallas. It has a population of over 812,000, growing at a rate of 3.8% according to 2011 estimates. It covers over 840 square miles in land area. It is bordered by Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall, Dallas and Denton counties. The county was founded in 1848 and has a county seat of McKinney. Both the county and the county seat were named after Collin McKinney, one of the five men who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence. For more information visit co.collin.tx.us.