First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

  • First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

As of February 9, 10 people died from the flu at UT Medical Center in the 2017-18 flu season.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released their latest surveillance report on the Flu in Texas.

More than 74,000 flu cases have been reported since October 1. Harris County residents who haven't had a flu shot are encouraged to get one as soon as possible as flu vaccine remains available throughout our community. The child passed away sometime between February 4-10.

The flu season appears to be winding down for East Tennessee as well as most of the U.S. For people at high risk of severe complications who become sick with influenza-like illness, it is recommended they talk to their healthcare provider about being evaluated for antiviral medications. Doctors say a combination of inflammation, an increased risk of clotting in the blood and the stress the flu puts on your body could be factors that might lead to heart attacks in some people.

Officials reported that this year's vaccine offers good protection for children between 6 months and 8 years old.