Washington’s first flu death was a man in his 90s


296 people died from the flu in Washington in the 2017-2018 season

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The flu forecast is cloudy and it’s too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 not to delay vaccination. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man in his 90s was the first person in Washington state to die from the flu this season.

The Benton-Franklin Health District announced the death on Facebook on Thursday.

In 2017-2018, 296 people died from the flu in Washington.

Older people, infants and pregnant women are particularly susceptible to flu complications.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny/stuffy nose and fatigue.

Health officials say the best way to help protect those sensitive populations is for everyone to get the flu shot.

Good hygiene also helps prevent the spread of germs. Always wash your hands thoroughly, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home when you’re sick.

More information about the flu

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