Dallas County Reports Fifth Flu-Related Death Of Season

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January 07, 2020 - 2:42 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas County Health Department is reporting another flu death.

Officials with the Dallas County Health Department say the patient was 85-years-old and lived in the Cedar Hill area.

This is the the fifth-flu related death of the 2019-2020 flu season in Dallas County.

“We have seen an early increase in flu activity in Dallas this season.  While we cannot predict the severity or duration of the flu season from year to year, the best way to protect yourself and others is to get your flu vaccine", said Dr. Philip Huang, DCHHS Director and Health Authority.  

The flu season has hit hard and early, and the health director says it's still a good idea to get a flu shot if you haven't already.

"Getting flu vaccine is especially important for persons with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease-to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.  Practicing everyday preventive actions can also help slow the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.  These steps include:  frequent hand washing, covering your coughs/sneezes with a tissue or into your elbow and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms.  Finally, if you do get sick with the flu, take antiviral medications if your doctor prescribes them" said Dr. Huang.