A Coppell ISD fifth-grader has died after contracting the flu.
In a statement, superintendent Brad Hunt said that 10-year-old Jaxon Campbell, a student at Austin Elementary School, died Dec. 27 while visiting relatives during winter break.
Hunt said Jaxon had come down with the flu but noted that Dallas County health officials had yet to confirm his cause of death.
“Jaxon was a fun-loving, sweet, and outgoing boy, who was known for his kindness, energy and sweet smile,” the superintendent wrote. “He will be missed terribly, and the memories of him as a vibrant, fun-loving child should be cherished.”
Hunt offered his condolences to the boy’s family and said that counseling would be available for students and staff when school resumes Monday.
A GoFundMe account benefiting Jaxon’s family has raised more than $10,000.
Dallas County has recorded four flu deaths this season, all of whom were adults. The county has seen an earlier ramp-up in the number of cases than in previous seasons, health officials have said.
Tarrant County recorded its first pediatric flu death since 2015 in December, and Denton County announced its first flu-related death of the season Friday.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache and tiredness. People with the flu are urged to stay home.
Health officials say that getting the flu vaccine is the best protection against the viral infection, and they encourage everyone 6 months old and older to get it.
Other ways to prevent the spread of the disease are for people to wash their hands frequently, cough or sneeze into their arm or a tissue rather than their hands, and avoid rubbing the eyes and nose.