GRANT COUNTY, Wash-- The Grant County Health District reported a middle aged man died the week of New Year’s Day from influenza complications.
Health officials said there were more than 100 reported influenza cases in the county and five other deaths in Washington state.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of this loss,” said Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny. “Since the beginning of December, there has been a significant increase in influenza cases in all age groups.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said so far, severe flu-like illnesses in the 2013-14 flu season affected a larger number of young and middle aged adults compared to other years.
Officials said H1N1 was the main strain of the virus.
Symptoms included a temperature greater than 100˚F with a cough and or sore throat.
Infected persons can spread the illness one day before symptoms appear and up to five days later according to officials.
Dr. Brzezny reminded the public, “It is not too late to get your flu shot and stay home when you are sick.”
Health officials said Grant County residents should call their local clinics or pharmacy to schedule flu shots. Additionally, the Grant County Health Department in Moses lake is offering flu shots on Tuesdays form 9:00am to 11:00am for adults.