GCHD said the male, between the ages of 15 and 20, died on Dec. 3.
Health officials said he developed symptoms and tested positive for Influenza A on Nov. 30. He was not vaccinated against the flu and also had pre-existing medical conditions.
“We are saddened to share that a Galveston County young man passed away and that it was flu-related,” GCHD CEO and Galveston County local health authority Dr. Philip Keiser said. “This flu season has been particularly bad. More than 5,000 Galveston County residents have tested positive for flu since Oct. 1. There is still time to get your flu vaccine to protect you this season, and we cannot urge you strongly enough to do so.”
Tips to battle flu
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Consider wearing a face mask when in indoor, crowded spaces.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick.
Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people, especially children, may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may also be infected with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.