DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) are reporting the county’s first known adult flu-related death for the 2013-2014 flu season.
Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t require that influenza-associated deaths of adults be reported to public health departments, Dallas County officials say this is the first adult death that they know of.
CDC guidelines for children are different. “Pediatric flu deaths are reportable per the CDC,” explained DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson.
Several adults are known to have died from flu-related issues during the 2012-2013 season. Thompson said during that same time period there were two pediatric deaths.
Health workers say the adult death so early in the flu season only stresses the importance of vaccination.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone except children younger than 6 months and people who have severe egg allergies. “DCHHS is encouraging Dallas County residents to get the flu vaccine while the supply is plentiful,” said Thompson.
For those looking to get a flu shot at DCHHS, the vaccine is free for those eligible for Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC). The adult flu vaccine is $20. The vaccine is also free for those covered by Medicare.
No appointment is necessary to receive a flu shot at the DCHHS Building at 2377 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call 214-819-2163.
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