Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) recently reported the 17th flu-related death in Dallas County for the 2019- 2020 season. The patient was 54 years of age with underlying medical conditions and was a resident of Dallas.
To date, 17 influenza-associated deaths have been reported in Dallas County during the 2019-2020 season - 16 adult flu deaths and 1 pediatric death. In addition, there are two possible influenza-associated pediatric deaths that are pending Medical Examiner’s determination of cause of death.
“This latest death is another reminder that flu is serious and remains at high levels in our community. It is still not too late to get the flu vaccine if you have not already done so, and practice prevention measures,” said Dr. Philip Huang, DCHHS Director and Health Authority. “Getting the flu vaccine is especially important for persons with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. Practicing everyday preventive actions can also help slow the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses. These steps include frequent hand washing, covering your coughs/sneezes with a tissue or into your elbow and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms. Finally, if you do get sick with the flu, take antiviral medications if your doctor prescribes them.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged six months and older, with rare exception.
DCHHS recently announced free flu vaccines for adults and children at all DCHHS immunizations clinic locations: dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/immunization-hours.php.