Per county health officials, 2,992 lab-confirmed flu cases were reported last week, down from the 3,354 reported the week before. And states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
The prominent strain in this year's flu season was H3N2.
Health officials describe the pronounced symptoms of the H3N2 strain which include extreme fatigue, body aches, and a respiratory infection which could last days.
Dallas County revealed little about the victims other than their ages and that they all had high-risk health conditions and that they died after complications from the seasonal flu.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw a year ago at this time.
Carter said the state first started to see an increase in hospitalization for influenza during the second week of December and the numbers of cases have been going up since then.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine, said Fitzgerald, the CDC director.
If you do get the flu, it's prudent to see a doctor within 48 hours, according to Berg.
Aaron Lemma, right, receives a flu shot by Dr. Sassan Naderi at a walk-in clinic on January 10, 2013, in New York City.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick. An alcohol-based hand rub will do if you don't have access to a sink.