SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Regional Health District said a man in his 60s died from the flu in Spokane County.
Health officials said this is Eastern Washington’s first flu-related death season.
According to SRHD leaders, one other flu-related death occurred in Washington this season, in Pierce County.
So far this season, health officials said 24 Spokane County residents have been hospitalized with flu. At this time last year, only nine people were hospitalized. Officials siad Flu season in Spokane County typically peaks in February.
Symptoms of the flu included, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older get immunized against flu. Flu shots are available at numerous locations throughout the county, including health care provider offices, local pharmacies and grocery stores.