24 Jan Fifth Flu-Related Death Reported In Dallas County
DALLAS, TX — The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed a fourth and fifth flu-related death in Dallas County for the 2018-2019 season. Both victims were 82-years-old. One was a Dallas resident and the other of Mesquite.
"We cannot predict the intensity, severity or duration of the flu season from year to year," Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director, said in a news release. "The best way to protect yourself and others is to get your seasonal flu shot."
It is not too late to receive the flu vaccine. DCHHS announced free flu vaccines for children at all six immunizations clinic locations:
DCHHS is also extending free flu vaccines to adults and seniors at the following clinic locations and community events while supplies last:
Main DCHHS Building 2377 North Stemmons Freeway, First Floor, Dallas, Texas 75207January 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Mexican Consulate 1210 River Bend Dr., Dallas, TX 75247January 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the South Garland Branch Library 4845 Broadway Blvd, Garland, TX 75043January 30, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Mexican Consulate 1210 River Bend Dr., Dallas, TX 75247
"Getting your seasonal flu shot is your first line of defense against the flu virus, especially if you have underlying medical conditions," interim director Ganesh Shivaramaiyer said in the release. "Practicing good hygiene which includes frequent hand washing, covering your coughs/sneezes with a tissue or into your elbow and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and older, with rare exceptions. The adult flu vaccine is given in the adult immunization clinic on the first floor at the DCHHS building located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy in Dallas. The children’s vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics. Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 214-819-2162 or visit www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/influenza.html
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