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Austin Area Child Dies From Flu

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Austin/Travis County health officials have confirmed a child has died from the flu -- bringing the total number of flu deaths this season to nine.

According to the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, the child had underlying health issues. The child's identity has not been released.

Officials say of the nine deaths six were under the age of 60, three were over 60 and one was pregnant. Six of the deaths happened in December and three have died in January of this year.

As of Wednesday, 58 people have been treated in Austin area hospital intensive care units for influenza-like illnesses, officials say.

And the health officials say similar to the 2009 H1N1 flu season, many of the sickest people have underlying conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, obesity and pregnancy.

Texas is currently among 20 states reporting high influenza-like illness activity. Anyone can get influenza, and serious health problems from influenza can occur at any age.

The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department reminds people to follow these behaviors to avoid flu and other illnesses.

- Get a flu vaccine.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
- If you feel sick, stay home from work or school and contact your primary care doctor.

More information about flu vaccines and general flu information go to:

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/influenza
http://austintexas.gov/immunizations
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/influenza/overview/

To make an appointment for a flu shot at our Shots for Tots Clinic call 512-972-5520.

Austin Area Child Dies From Flu


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