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Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

Health officials on Friday said this flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks. That makes it the longest U.S. flu season in 10 years, and among the longest …


Different flu strain leads to surge in late-season hospitalizations

A late-season wave of influenza has spread across the Inland Northwest and spiked hospitalizations during the past month. The virus is a different strain than the one people were vaccinated …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: It’s not too late for flu vaccine

A century ago, as Spokane was welcoming a new year, it was also tallying the dead.


Jump ahead of this flu season

Get flu shots early – Spokane Regional Health District suggests as soon as possible – well before the influenza season hits hard this winter. Spokane had its first hospital case …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Kellogg Schools shut down after influenza outbreak hits students

The Kellogg School District has shut down operations after dozens students have missed several days following an influx of influenza cases, according to the school’s website.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Ample flu cases reason for concern among health officials

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in recent memory, causing concern among health officials in Washington and Idaho.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Spokane man dies from flu

A Spokane County man died of the flu this week, marking the first Eastern Washington death from the virus this season.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 3:19 p.m.

North Idaho man dies from flu complications

A north Idaho man has become the first in the state to die from flu-related complications, signaling what may be an early flu season.


U.S. health officials brace for potentially bad flu season

It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.


Flu spreading in Spokane; health workers urge vaccination

Flu season is just getting started in Spokane, but public health workers from around the world have been preparing for the fast-spreading virus since February.


Risk of flu-related death higher for unvaccinated children

That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online earlier this month in Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of …


Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds

Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000

The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.


Flu deaths climb to 76 in Washington

Washington health officials say 76 people have died from the flu this season as of Friday, up from 46 deaths reported the previous week.


Flu epidemic death toll grows to 12 in Pierce County

Officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Pierce County has risen to 12, up from five deaths last week.


Flu claims life of elderly woman in Spokane County

An elderly woman who died last week is the first flu-related death in Spokane County this season, health officials said Tuesday.


Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far

NEW YORK – The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That’s a big improvement from last winter’s nasty flu …


Dog flu case reported in Walla Walla

Canine influenza, or dog flu, was recently diagnosed in a pet adopted by a Walla Walla family from a shelter in Central Washington, according to a release from Associated Veterinary …


Flu season in Spokane off to a mild start

Flu season is off to a mild start in Spokane County, health officials say. Twelve influenza hospitalizations have been reported since last fall, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. …


North Idaho woman’s death flu-related

A North Idaho woman has died from complications of the flu, the Panhandle Health District reported this morning.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 5:31 p.m.

First flu death reported in Spokane County

A Spokane County woman in her 50s died of the flu this week, the Spokane Regional Health District says.


Vaccination urged as flu season has begun

Flu season is underway in Spokane County. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s time, experts say.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 8:26 p.m.

First flu case reported in Spokane

A Spokane County woman in her 50s tested positive for influenza this week, marking the first confirmed local flu case this season.


Flu taking bigger toll this season

Flu deaths and hospitalizations in Spokane County so far this season are about twice as high as last year. Since October, there have been 15 deaths attributed to the flu …


Doug Clark: Return of stolen sunglasses piques curiosity

There’s a lot of bad voodoo that comes with having this flu that’s been going around. There are fits of near-uncontrollable coughing. There are bouts of feverish sweating, followed strangely …


Flu kills 14 in region; precautions urged

The flu has put 249 people into Spokane hospitals and is blamed for 10 deaths this season – including four in the past week. The numbers are higher than last …


Spike in Idaho flu deaths prompts warning

Sixteen people in Idaho have died from influenza as of Jan. 22, up from three deaths on Jan. 8. The spike in fatal cases has prompted state health officials to …


Spokane Public Schools report high flu rates

Spokane elementary schools have seen flu infection rates as high as 23 percent this year and Spokane Public Schools is encouraging students and staff to wash their hands frequently.


Hot dog stand owner dies from flu

Chad Rattray wasn’t only Cheddar Chad. He wasn’t simply the guy who sold dollar dogs, occasionally slathering on the mustard and handing it over – on the house – to …