3 dead, including child, from flu in Orange County

Friday, January 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Three people, including a school-age child, have died from complications from the flu in Orange County since the beginning of the year, health officials in Orange County say.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this child,” said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. “All of us should get the flu vaccine and continue to be alert and practice good hygiene measures.”

One of the adult victims, Mindy Lamb, died Tuesday at Florida Hospital East, her husband said in an email sent Thursday in which he urged everyone in the community to get a flu shot.

Orlando Health said another patient died from flu complications in early January, adding that person also had previous complex medical conditions.

“Overall we are not treating more patients suffering from the flu than in previous years, although it seems we are seeing more serious cases of flu,” a spokesperson at Orlando Regional Medical Center said.

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