Houston Child Dies From The Flu

Kelli Wiese
March 15, 2019 - 6:05 pm

HOUSTON (1080 KRLD) - A child has died from the flu in Houston. The Houston Health Department reports the 12-year-old died of flu-related causes.

It turns out the child had pre-existing conditions and suffered from multiple organ failures. We don't know if the child was a boy or a girl. The child was sick for most of February.

It's the city's first pediatric death of the year. It's the state's seventh pediatric flu death. Those at high risk for flu are young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and those age 65 and older.

Also, they are at greater risk of severe complications if they get the flu. People can visit their doctor, pharmacy, and local health department to get a flu shot. Many supermarkets also offer the flu shot. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs.

It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.