Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
214.819.6329 (office) 214.394.8109 (cell)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DCHHS reports fourth and fifth flu-related deaths of season
DALLAS (Dec. 28, 2017) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the fourth and fifth flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2017-2018 season. The fourth patient was a 59-year-old resident of Dallas. The fifth patient was a 81-year-old resident of Irving. Both patients died after complications from the seasonal flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
“Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness. With influenza activity on the rise, individuals in these groups should take special precaution as we continue throughout the season,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, Dallas County health authority/medical director.
“The seasonal flu vaccine is still the number one recommendation and first line of defense to protect yourself and your family against the flu," said Tammara Scroggins, asst.director public health communicable disease. “It takes approximately two weeks for your body to build immunity once you've received the vaccination.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and older, with rare exception. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider.
The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1virus.
The adult 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. Appointments aren’t necessary. For more information call 214-819-2162.
Several simple things can help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza:
If you haven’t done it already, consider protecting yourself with a flu vaccination
Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your sleeve
Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face
Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill
Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick