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First local flu case confirmed

Fri., Oct. 22, 2010, 12:45 p.m.

The region’s first confirmed case of seasonal flu has appeared, with a Stevens County resident diagnosed at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Flu season usually runs from October through April, peaking in February, according to a news release from the Spokane Regional Health District and Northeast Tri County Health District.

The health districts recommend that everyone 6 months and older gets a flu shot. Most people will only need a single shot to protect against seasonal flu as well as the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, the release said.

At least 19 states have confirmed cases of flu.

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