First Flu-Related Child Death Of Season Reported In Harris County

There have been 84 flu-related deaths of children across the country

The CDC recommends a yearly vaccine for people 6 months and older.

The first local flu-related death of a child has been confirmed by Harris County Public Health

According to HCPH, no further information about the child will be released.

“This death is a somber reminder of the danger flu poses to our residents, especially those who are more vulnerable to develop serious flu complications” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health “Obtaining a flu shot and taking other preventive measures are your best lines of defense against the flu.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, February 16, there have been 84 flu-related deaths of children across the country.

How to prevent spread of the seasonal flu:

  • Get a flu vaccination. Enter your address to find a clinic near you.
  • 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.

Source: Dallas County Health and Human Services

The season is far from over:

Flu activity often begins in October and peaks between December and February, but it can last as late as May, according to the CDC.