DCHHS Reports 17 Flu-Related Deaths of 2019-2020 Season

Dallas County Health and Human Services reports the 17th flu-related death in Dallas County

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Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the 17th flu-related death in Dallas County for the 2019-2020 season.

The patient was a 54-year-old Dallas County resident who had underlying medical conditions.

16 adults deaths and 1 pediatric death have been reported in Dallas County during the 2019-2020 flu season.

"This latest death is another reminder that flu is serious and remains at high levels in our community.  It is still not too late to get the flu vaccine if you have not already done so, and practice prevention measures", said Dr. Philip Huang, DCHHS Director and Health Authority.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. Flu vaccines for adults and children are available for free at all DCHHS immunization clinic sites.


  • 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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