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Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported deaths 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 as a result of the flu this season. Six of the patients were residents of Dallas and one patient was a resident of Garland. All patients had high-risk health conditions and died after complications from the seasonal flu.

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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. “With influenza activity on the rise, individuals in these groups should take special precaution as we continue throughout the season.”

“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 stay away from individuals who have flu-like symptoms.”

“As flu season escalates it’s important that all individuals take precautions to prevent and reduce the severity of the flu,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Prevention is truly the best medicine and it’s not too late to get your flu shot. If you have flu-like symptoms, please help protect yourself and others by staying home from work or school and calling your doctor as soon as possible to discuss anti-viral medication.”

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 healthcare provider.