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.