Idaho has reported its first flu death of the season, a North Idaho woman over the age of 60. Last year, 32 people died from the flu in Idaho.
“Our condolences go out to the family of the woman who died,” said Dr. Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist. “This underscores that influenza is in the community and how important it is for all of us to take precautions to avoid influenza infections. In addition to washing your hands and staying home if you are sick, now is the time to visit your health care provider, local public health district, or pharmacy to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Getting vaccinated today will help protect you and your family over the holidays.”
Hahn said the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months. For more information on influenza and how to avoid it, go to http://flu.idaho.gov.