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Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DCHHS reports 39th and 40th flu-related deaths of season
First pediatric death confirmed

DALLAS (Jan. 19, 2018) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the 39th and 40th flu-related deaths of the season. The 39th patient was a 81-year old resident of Dallas.  The 40th patient was a 17-year-old resident Dallas.  Both 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

39th

81

Dallas

40th

17

Dallas

 

 “All indications show that we are in the midst of the most intense weeks of flu season,” said Ganesh Shivamaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “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. If you have a high risk condition, remember to keep a safe distance from individuals who have flu like symptoms.”

“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.”

Simple actions can be taken to help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza. If you haven’t done it already, protect 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.

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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