Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
214.819.6329 (office) 214.394.8109 (cell)
Zachary Thompson, Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DCHHS reports first flu-related death of season
DALLAS (Dec. 15, 2017) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the first flu-related death in Dallas County for the 2017-2018 season. The 98-year-old resident of Dallas died after complications from the seasonal flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
“Influenza activity is on the rise in Dallas County with approximately 96 hospitalizations reported just this past week,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, Dallas County health authority/medical director. “I encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot to help protect themselves and loved ones by getting vaccinated now. 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.”
“Our sympathies go to the families and loved ones of the individual who has passed away," said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson. "These deaths are an unfortunate reminder that the flu virus is circulating in Dallas County, and does have the potential to cause severe illness and death.”
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