First Idaho flu-related death of the season reported

(AP File Photo/Patrick Sison)

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says the first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 flu season has been reported.

Officials identified the person as a northern Idaho woman over the age of 50.

“The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is reminding residents that flu can be serious” said Randi Pedersen, the Idaho Influenza Surveillance Coordinator in a press release. “The most important action to take to prevent serious illness is to get a flu vaccine now.”

Health and Welfare says 101 people died in Idaho from flu-related illnesses last season, which was well above the average of 25.

Officials are recommending everyone over the age of six months to get a flu vaccine. There are several different types of vaccine available, so Health and Welfare says to ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist which one is best.

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