Dallas County Confirms Third Flu-Related Death of the Season

Dallas County offering free season flu vaccines to children and adults, clinic info below

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A third person has died in Dallas County after contracting influenza.

Dallas County Health and Human Services Department confirmed the death Wednesday of a 79-year-old from Irving who had preexisting medical conditions.

The death is third flu-related death confirmed by the county in the last 10 days.

"This is the earliest we have had this much flu activity in than last 10 years," said DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang. "It's not too late to get your seasonal flu shot."

With rare exception, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the flu vaccine for everyone older than 6 months.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, DCHHS began offering free seasonal flu vaccines for children and adults. Clinic hours and locations can be found here.

"Getting flu vaccine is especially important for persons with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease—to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. Practicing everyday preventive actions can also help slow the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses. These steps include: frequent hand washing, covering your coughs/sneezes with a tissue or into your elbow and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms. Finally, if you do get sick with the flu, take antiviral medications if your doctor prescribes them."

So far, two pediatric deaths from the flu have been reported in the state, including a case in Tarrant County.

For the first time in four years, the flu is to blame for a child’s death in Tarrant County. This child had underlying health conditions. Influenza appears to be trending a month ahead this year of the previous years regarding the number of flu cases in Tarrant County.

Flu numbers continue to rise in Texas, with widespread cases of Flu A and B in Dallas and Tarrant counties.


  • Get a flu vaccine every season, especially people with high risk
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • If you're experiencing flu symptoms, visit your doctor and begin taking antiviral medications to help you recover more quickly


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, those age 65 and older or young children, or those with underlying medical conditions, are at higher risk for flu complications. There are two main types of flu, Flu A and Flu B, that are generally responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.

Learn more about the flu virus here from the CDC.

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