Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
214.819.6329 (office) 214.394.8109 (cell)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DCHHS reports 10th and 11th flu-related deaths of season
DALLAS (Jan. 5, 2018) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the 10th and 11th flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2017-2018 season. The 10th patient was a 71-year-old resident of Grand Prairie. The 11th patient was a 95-year-old resident of Mesquite. Both patients had underlying health conditions and died after complications from the seasonal flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
“There have been approximately 1,626 influenza hospitalizations reported so far this season in Dallas County,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, Dallas County health authority/medical director. “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.”
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:
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