Little Girl Dies From The Flu In Galveston County

Kelli Wiese
March 04, 2019 - 4:20 pm

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GALVESTON (1080 KRLD) - It's the first flu-related death in the county this year. The Galveston County Health Department says the 6-year-old girl was not from the United States.

She had been in a hospital since October of 2018 for another medical condition. She developed flu-like symptoms in early February and then tested positive for it. She died on February 5th. She was not vaccinated for the flu. The hospital  says all staff members had received flu vaccines.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. Doctors say the best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get vaccinated every year.

People 6 months and older should be vaccinated for the flu. Vaccination is especially important for certain high-risk groups including those ages 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions, who are at higher risk for complications or even death if they get the flu.