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renae.crutchfield@dallascounty.org                                                      

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Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DCHHS reports five additional flu-related deaths of season

63rd, 64th, 65th, 66th and 67th cases

DALLAS (Feb. 14, 2018) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting five additional  flu-related deaths in Dallas County totaling 67 flu-related deaths for the 2017-2018 season. The patients range in age from 31  to 93 and were residents of Dallas, Farmers Branch and Richardson. All  patients had high risk health conditions and died after complications from the seasonal flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

 

Case

Age

Residence

63rd

57

Dallas

64th

42

Farmers Branch

65th

91

Dallas

66th

31

Richardson

67th

93

Dallas

 

DCHHS is now offering free flu vaccines at the following DCHHS clinics while supplies last.  

  • Main DCHHS Building 2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207
  • John West Branch Immunization Clinic 3312 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75228
  • Irving Branch Immunization Clinic 440 S. Nursery Rd. Irving, TX 75060
  • Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic 1113 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite, 200 Dallas, TX 75203

DCHHS recently announced free mobile clinics will travel throughout to cities of Cedar Hill, Cockrell Hill, Dallas and DeSoto to provide free flu vaccines to adults. Mobile clinics will be targeted towards areas where residents are at greater risk of ICU Hospitalizations.

 “Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS health authority/medical director. “With influenza activity on the rise, individuals in these groups should take special precaution as we continue throughout the season.”

“Staying home when you are sick and practicing good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands helps stop the spread of germs and prevents respiratory illnesses like the flu,” said Ganesh Shivamaiyer, DCHHS interim director.  “If you have a high risk condition, remember to keep a safe distance from individuals who 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 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 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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For general questions or for more information about
Dallas County Health and Human Services please call 214-819-2000.

 

Ganesh Shivaramaiyer
Interim Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director / Health Authority

 

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