Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the ninth and tenth flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2018-2019 season.
The 9th patient was 78 years of age and a resident of Dallas. The 10th patient was 88 years of age and a resident of Dallas.
For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
"If you still haven't gotten your flu shot it still is not too late", said DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang.
“We cannot predict the intensity, severity or duration of the flu season from yeart to year," said Dr. Christopher Perkins, Dallas County health authority/medical director. “The best way to protect yourself and others is to get your seasonal flu shot."
DCHHS recently announced free flu vaccines for children at all six immunizations clinic locations http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/immunizationhours.html
DCHHS is also extending free flu vaccines to adults and seniors at the following location and community events while supplies last:
Monday - Friday Main DCHHS Building-2377 N. Stemmons Fwy, First Floor, Dallas, TX 75207
Monday, February 18, 2019 from 9 am - 12 pm Eastfield College Pleasant Grove Campus-802 S. Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75217
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and older, with rare exception. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider.
The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1virus.
The adult vaccine is given in the adult immunization clinic on the first floor at the DCHHS building located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy 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. Appointments aren’t necessary. For more information call 214-819-2162.
Several simple things can help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza:
If you haven’t done it already, consider protecting yourself with a flu vaccination
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