Texas confirms flu death in RGV

HARLINGEN — The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed in a tweet Friday that the first child death of the 2019-2020 flu season occurred in the Rio Grande Valley.

The tweet said the 5-year-old child was from the “Rio Grande health region” and did not get a flu shot this year.

The tweet did not provide further information on the child.

Texas flu activity continues to rise and is at an above-average level, according to this week’s DSHS flu report.

The agency said children, especially those 6 months to 5 years, are at high risk for serious flu-related complications, including death.