83-year-old is Dallas County's 8th flu death this season

83-year-old is Dallas County's 8th flu death this season

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that emergency warning signs in children may also include rapid breathing, a fever with a rash, a bluish skin color, not being wakeful or interactive with others and not being interested in drinking enough fluids.

"It's hard to predict an exact number, but we'll probably see more flu-related deaths", he said in February.

The county says while children under six months old can not get a flu shot, there are other ways to protect them. According to a weekly map published by the CDC tracking flu activity across the country, only six states carry less than a "widespread" designation - the most significant category on the map. It's still unknown if she had received her flu vaccine this year.

Flu can be a serious illness for the elderly, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. For people 65 years and older, the high dose vaccine is recommended.

More than 25,000 flu shots were administered by Lambton Public Health, health-care providers and pharmacies during the last flu season from November 2015 to April 2016.

Early estimates from December showed that only four in 10 New Mexicans had gotten the flu shot. During a typical flu season, complications such as pneumonia send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital. During the following season (2013-2014), when H1N1 viruses dominated and the standard-dose vaccine had better effectiveness than the previous season, the high-dose vaccine was not significantly better at preventing deaths among the Medicare patients studied.

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