one flu death in Idaho but doctors say there is a remedy

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare say last season there were 35 deaths in Idaho because of the flu. Today they report there is one death so far this season. A 60 year old from central Idaho.

The department of health and welfare says the most active virus nationwide for the flu is the H1N1,or Swine flu strain. They say this virus is more aggressive and may have harsher symptoms than other flu viruses. They say the flu can start an illness that can be deadly to some people with weak immune systems. "It impairs the ability to move mucus from your lungs out. By doing so having influenza puts you at creator risk at having subsequent pneumonia. And that usually what kills people," Dr Scott Culpepper said.

The doctor says that if you get a flu shot it takes about two weeks for the vaccines to fully kick in. While there are less deaths with the flu this year, experts say this season will kick in later. "Last year the flu peaked in late December, this year it looks like it's going to be a little more normal usually January, February is when it peaks so this looks like a more normal year but the cases are starting to pick up," Tom Shanahan said, with The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Doctors say that if you get the flu there are ways to knock it out within the first 48 hours. "There's actually a treatment you can take, medication that will help immolate the systems if they have had the flu for less than 48 hours, we'd like to test them, if they are positive for flu, we treat them," Dr Culpepper said.