Flu Takes First Pediatric Life In Dallas, Total Deaths Hit 40

Flu Takes First Pediatric Life In Dallas, Total Deaths Hit 40

DALLAS, TX — Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported its 39th and 40th deaths from complications of the seasonal flu. The victims were 81 and 17-year-old Dallas residents.

This pronouncement marked the first pediatric flu death in Dallas County. Previously the youngest flu victim was 37-years-old and the oldest was 98-years-old, although victims have run the gamut of ages in between.

Additionally six flu deaths have been reported in Collin County and eight in Tarrant County. Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports all eight Tarrant County victims had underlying health conditions.

According to Walgreens’ Flu Index, North Texas is the 7th-worst market for the flu. The list, which is updated weekly, tracks the number of flu medication prescriptions written in each area. Currently the area of El Paso is the No. 1 worst region of the U.S. for flu cases.

The adult flu vaccine is given in the adult immunization clinic on the first floor at the DCHHS building located at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway 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 DCHHS’ website.

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Getty Images file photo: Gautam Gupta receives an influenza shot from Nurse Practitioner Ray Grigorio in the MinuteClinic at the CVS/pharmacy on January 6, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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