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Number of flu-related deaths on rise in North Texas

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The number of flu-related deaths is on the rise in North Texas as the virus spreads.

Denton County reported its first two flu deaths Monday: a little girl and a man in his 70s.

No deaths have been reported in Collin or Tarrant counties.

Dallas County has seen 17 deaths – specifically, the health department has confirmed eight flu deaths. Nine other people have died and were found with H1N1 in their systems, but the medical examiner has not concluded the flu is what killed them.

The health department in Denton County says clinics have been packed since Friday, saying that the child who died did not get a flu shot and that the man who died had underlying conditions.

The health department says flu shots are free, and clinics have a good supply of the adult dosages and those for young children.

Despite reports of packed clinics, one parent FOX4 spoke to says he's choosing not to get his five kids vaccinated.

"Actually they don't," said Joseph Trotter. "They did year before last. Again just my own research and reading, I got a little bit scared, so we do our best to try to bundle them up and keep them safe."

The Lewisville clinic estimates it gave about a 100 shots Monday.

While its supply is strong, other stores in the area are running out.

Some parents have reported that they are having a hard time finding vaccines for very young children, but that is something Denton County says it has plenty of.

The same goes for Dallas County, which is well-stocked.

When it comes to why some parents may be having a hard time finding flu shots for young children, some health officials say that retail stores, like Walgreens or CVS, as well as some clinics, order a majority of vaccine for adults and only some for kids.

So it's not that there's a widespread shortage -- it's just that certain places order less of that type of vaccine.

They recommend calling around first.

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