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APH: Five adults in Travis and five children in Texas died of the flu in the 22-23 season

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Public Health (APH) said Tuesday that five adults in Travis County and five children in Texas have died of flu-related complications so far this season.

APH reported 22 COVID-19 related deaths since October 1.

The agency is calling on everyone to take steps to help protect the most vulnerable this winter.

APH said visits to health care providers for flu-like illnesses in Travis County have exceeded previous years’ numbers.

Data for the week ending Dec. 10 shows a 15.5% flu positivity rate in Travis County.

At least 12 flu-related outbreaks have been reported in schools in Travis County so far.

Seasonal flu shots are recommended for everyone six months and older.

“Keep in mind that during the holiday season, you’re likely to gather with friends and family who may be at increased risk for serious complications from these illnesses,” said Adrienne Sturrup, director of APH. “If you feel sick, send love and stay home.”

Visit ( in Spanish) to find flu and COVID-19 vaccine providers near you.

Free Mail Order Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Test Kits are back in stock. Households are eligible for another round of four tests for a limited time.

COVID-19 home test kits are available at APH Neighborhood Centers while supplies last. The U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services also lists community-based testing sites.

Use the CDC’s mask finder tool to find pharmacies near you that provide free masks (N-95 respirators). It does not show current stocks, so check with the venue for availability.