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Flu season has claimed at least 2 locally

January 22, 2014

At least 2 people have died from the flu virus this season in Grays Harbor.

Karolyn Holden, Public Health Education & Evaluation Manager for Grays Harbor, told KXRO that flu deaths are common every year, and this year is no different.

We will not know until after the flu season the exact number of flu related deaths, but at their last update, the Washington Department of Health said that since July, there have been 19 confirmed flu related deaths in Washington. There were 54 official flu deaths in the state last season, 18 the season before. This month, almost all cases tested and detected by the department were H1N1 viruses.

According to CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, all flu vaccines this season are designed to protect against H1N1, and flu activity usually peaks in January and February. Holden reminds residents to “wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands”.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, flu vaccines are currently available both at Rite-Aid and Safeway.
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