Texas DSHS confirms first child death of flu season in RGV

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Flu (Source: MGN Online)

**Editor’s note: This story has been updated to show that the child was from Rio Grande Health Region 11. This report stated that the child was from Harlingen. The story has been updated throughout.**

HARLINGEN, Texas (KGBT) — The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed in a tweet on Friday afternoon that the first child of the 2019-2020 flu season in Texas has died.

According to a report released Friday by the Texas DSHS, the child was a 5-year-old in the Rio Grande Health Region and tested positive for Influenza A (H1N1) in the past week. The report stated that the child was not vaccinated for the current flu season. 

As we’ve previously reported, there have been an increase in reports of flu-like symptoms in the Rio Grande Valley.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a yearly vaccine is recommended for everyone to prevent getting the flu.

For more information on prevention, click here.

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