HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - The first local flu-related death of a child has been confirmed by Harris County Public Health officials.

According to HCPH, this is the first pediatric death in the county this flu season. The child was a girl and she passed in February, according to HCPH.

“This death is a somber reminder of the danger flu poses to our residents, especially those who are more vulnerable to develop serious flu complications” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health “Obtaining a flu shot and taking other preventive measures are your best lines of defense against the flu.”

According to information provided last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 84 pediatric flu-related deaths across the country during this challenging flu season. Additionally, per the CDC, this year’s vaccine offers good protection for children over six months to eight years of age.

Since flu season can last as late as May, HCPH reminds individuals to remain diligent in protecting themselves and their families against the flu. Harris County residents who haven’t had a flu shot are encouraged to get one as soon as possible as flu vaccine remains available throughout our community.

Shah recommends anyone showing signs of the flu to see a physician to get tested and get treatment.

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