Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting four additional flu-related deaths in Dallas County totaling 78 flu-related deaths for the 2017-18 season. The patients range in age from 66-94 and were residents of Dallas. All patients had high-risk health conditions and died after complications from the seasonal flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
“Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS health authority/medical director. “Flu season has not ended therefore individuals in these groups should continue to take precaution.”
It is not too late to receive the flu vaccine. DCHHS recently announced free mobile immunizations clinics will travel throughout the cities of Cedar Hill, Cockrell Hill, Dallas and DeSoto to provide free flu vaccines to adults. Mobile clinics are targeted towards areas where residents are at greater risk of ICU Hospitalizations. To find out where the next mobile immunization clinic will be, sign up for DCHHS alerts on the DCHHS website.
DCHHS is also extending free flu vaccines to adults at the following clinic locations while supplies last:
- Main DCHHS Building 2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207
- John West Branch Immunization Clinic 3312 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75228
- Irving Branch Immunization Clinic 440 S. Nursery Rd. Irving, TX 75060
- Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic 1113 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite, 200 Dallas, TX 75203
“Staying home when you are sick and practicing good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands helps stop the spread of germs and prevents respiratory illnesses like the flu,” said Ganesh Shivamaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “If you have a high-risk condition, remember to keep a safe distance from individuals who have flu-like symptoms.”