Health/Science
1:54 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Child With Flu Symptoms Dies In Dallas County

Dallas County health officials confirm the third flu-related death of the season: six-year-old Tahila Johnson. 

Her family took her to the emergency room Monday.  She was found unresponsive Tuesday morning.

The other deaths, last month, were adults in their 50’s and 60’s. Tarrant County reports one death, a child.

State health officials are urging people to get flu shots.  Dr. David Lakey, State Health Services Commissioner says the number of flu cases in Texas is high, but officials have no indication that the cases have been more severe than usual.

The Dallas County Health Department received one thousand additional doses of flu vaccine yesterday, and director Zach Thompson says he’s ordering more.

Tarrant County health officials are monitoring vaccine supplies, and urge people to call before heading to one of half-a-dozen public health clinics.

Pharmacies and doctors offices also have the vaccine. State officials say you can also call 2-1-1 to find out where to get a flu shot.

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