AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County health officials say a child has died from the flu, adding that the child did have underlying health conditions. That brings the number of people killed by the flu in Travis County this season up to nine, six of whom were over 60 years old.
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department says the child tested positive for the rapid A influenza test. The number of influenza-associated deaths reported during the prior five influenza seasons in the Travis County region ranged from two to 23.
Texas continues to report high flu-like sickness, and health officials say that serious health problems from influenza can happen at any age. The severity of a flu season varies from year to year and depends on the strains of circulating flu viruses, infection rates and the levels of protective antibody in the population.
Tips to help you avoid the flu and other illnesses
- Get a flu vaccine.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
- If you feel sick, stay home from work or school, and contact your primary care doctor.