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    Posted: January 31 2018 at 3:44pm
http://tpr.org/post/texas-flu-deaths-reach-2300-expected-rise
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I was shocked by the size of that number, so I checked it out.  It seems to be legitimate.  It came originally from the department of health.

I can't find a figure from last season to compare it to.  Out of a population of 28 million that is a death rate of about 1.2 deaths per thousand, but the flu season is still ongoing!

This is not a moment to panic, but it does seem unusually severe.
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https://www.ksat.com/news/more-than-2300-flu-related-deaths-reported-in-texas-in-4-month-period-state-data-shows

Over half of the deaths are people over 65
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I suspect what we're seeing is a combination of a particularly virulent novel strain and a poorly matched vaccine. It's clearly hitting some communities particularly hard, although from a personal standpoint I'm not seeing much in the way of serious illness here, even in my patients (who tend to be immune compromised). A few of my coworkers have been sick, but in most cases it seems to manifest itself as a bad cough that takes a few weeks to clear up completely. Hopefully this isn't the early stages of a virus building itself into something bigger.



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The cases over here have peaked and are declining.  I think you have it about right, JD; nasty, repeatedly tragic, but not the end of the world.
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