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Seven Allen County residents have died from flu

This time last season, Allen County only recorded three deaths.

Posted: Jan. 25, 2018 11:33 PM
Updated: Jan. 26, 2018 10:24 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - At least seven Allen County residents have died from the flu so far this season, with more cases pending.

This time last season, Allen County only recorded three deaths, but Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan said that's because the flu got bad earlier.

Because of increased activity, hospitals in Fort Wayne told WFFT they have extra beds for flu patients across the city.

Dr. McMahan said it's still not too late to get your flu shot.

"We know that perhaps it's less effective this year in preventing flu, but there is some thought it's actually helping people who do contract flu, if they have a flu shot it helps them have less severe symptoms," said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health Commissioner.

The vaccine is available at many local pharmacies.

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