The 2017-18 influenza season has grown deadlier, claiming three more lives in Denton County.
Denton County Public Health reported Tuesday that three adults recently succumbed to strains of the virus, bringing the season's death toll to 12.
County health officials did not report any influenza-associated deaths in the past two flu seasons, although such reporting is not required. This season in Denton County, the flu has claimed one child and 11 adults.
"DCPH continues to recommend influenza vaccination for all persons six months of age and older as high flu activity continues and an increasing proportion of influenza B viruses are being detected," said Juan Rodriguez, Denton County Public Health assistant director and chief epidemiologist.
Rodriguez said the public health department doesn't share where in the county deaths have occurred. However, Rodriguez said, the flu season is still active and officials are still advising preventive measures — receiving the flu vaccine, covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and washing hands. Antiviral medicines are advised for those who show flu symptoms: fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches.
More information on Denton County flu surveillance can be found at www.dentoncounty.com/flu.