GCHD confirms first flu-related death

Post Date:03/04/2019 2:48 PM

Galveston County Health District today confirmed its first flu-related death in the county.

A 6-year-old female passed away on Feb. 5 while being treated at an area hospital for an existing medical condition. She developed flu symptoms on Feb. 2 and was tested on Feb. 3. Results were positive for Influenza A. The virus is believed to have played a role in her death.The child was not vaccinated for the flu. According to the hospital, all staff was vaccinated.

The child was not from the United States but had been hospitalized in Galveston County since October 2018. The Department of State Health Services lists her flu-related death as the first this year in Galveston County.

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.

The best way to prevent falling ill with the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

People 6 months and older should be vaccinated for the flu. Vaccination is especially important for certain high-risk groups including those ages 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions, who are at higher risk for complications or even death if they get the flu.

Vaccination is also important for healthcare workers and others who live with or care for high-risk people to keep from spreading the flu to them.

Remember to stop spread of the flu and other illnesses by covering all coughs and sneezes with elbows, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and staying home when sick.

Take every day preventive actions to stop the spread of germs:

• Try to avoid close contact with those who are sick.

• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

• If sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.

• Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away after use and wash hands.

• Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

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