First flu case of the season strikes Spokane

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013, 1:58 P.M.

The flu has returned to the Inland Northwest.

A Spokane woman in her 60s tested positive for influenza A, the first case of influenza in Spokane this season, according to a news release from Spokane Regional Health District.

The SRHD recommends that all people 6 months of age and older get a flu shot. The vaccine, which comes in six different options, kicks in within about two weeks, according to the release.

Last flu season, 152 people were hospitalized due to flu in Spokane County, and two died due to flu-related illness, according to the release. The elderly, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Flu shots are available at many pharmacies and grocery stores.

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