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Two children and an elderly person have died in the area.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 6:13 AM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 6:13 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. --The flu season has been deadly all over the country -- even in Oregon. Two children and an elderly person have died in the area.

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Cases of the flu have increased so much in the last few weeks that emergency rooms are getting overcrowded. Staff have seen a 20 percent overall general increase in people who are using the ER and 16-percent increase in patients who have been admitted overnight.

the public health director in Clark County, Washington says cases started to spike around mid-December.
He says people who are confused or dazed or who experience severe chest pains should consider going for emergency treatment.

But if you simply have a fever or cough-medical experts are asking you to see your regular doctor instead.
They say every year in the U.S. there are several thousand to 50-thousand deaths from the flu.

Both children who died from the flu in Oregon were younger than 10 years old. 

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