AUSTIN -- The flu outbreak in Travis County has claimed the life of a child.
This means nine people have died in Travis County this season due to the flu, the Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department said on Wednesday.
The child who died tested positive for A influenza and had some prior health conditions. His or her age has not been released. The child is the third child in Texas to die from the flu this week.
Six of this season's victims were under the age of 60. Three of them were older than that, and one of the victims was pregnant.
The department says 58 people have been reported to have influenza-like illnesses. They are currently in Intensive Care Units across Travis County.
"It's real scary," said Leslie Garza. "With me having four kids and them all being below the age of seven, it's very important for me to come in to get their flu shots, because I'm worried something would happen to them."
Health officials say flu shots are essential for people in high risk groups including pregnant women, morbidly obese people and those with health complications including diabetes, asthma and heart conditions.
This is one of the busiest flu season Austin health providers have ever seen.
"We're booked three days in advance," said Kathy Cavin, nursing supervisor with the Shots for Tots program. "We've added an extra nurse that's giving nothing but flu shots to anyone that's calling."
In 2009 an H1N1 outbreak killed nine people in Travis County. There were 16 flu-related deaths in Travis County that year.
Flu season typically runs through February and March.
To make an appointment with the Shots for Tots program, call (512) 972-5520.
For more information from the Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department go here.