Harris County reports first flu-related death involving child this season

  • Harris County reports first flu-related death involving child this season

Harris County reports first flu-related death involving child this season

It's the first recorded pediatric death in the area this flu season, which officially started on October 1, 2017.

The health department reported the latest child death on Tuesday.

The state health department only tracks pediatric and pregnancy-related flu deaths. Monroe County has seen 3,715 confirmed cases of influenza so far this season.

The vaccine offers the best protection from the flu and reduces severe outcomes should an individual become ill with the flu.

According to HCPH, this is the first pediatric death in the county this flu season.

The last week reported is for February 4, 2018, through February 10, 2018. Health officials encourage parents to have their children vaccinated, especially those between six months and eight years of age.

Health leaders say the increased flu activity is occurring in part because the vaccine is not as effective in preventing the flu compared to previous seasons. The authors note that they studied only people who were sick enough to visit a doctor and get tested.

To find out more about flu vaccination clinics throughout New Mexico, you can go to HealthMap Vaccine Finder at https://vaccinefinder.org/ or go to the NMDOH website: http://nmhealth.org/about/phd/idb/imp/fluv/.