Teen Becomes State's First Flu Death

State health officials say a 15-year-old is the first death for this flu season. They will not release what county the teen lived in, nor even their sex.

The state says the victim did not receive a flu vaccine this season. "The death of this healthy young person is a tragic reminder of the potentially devastating effects flu can have on people at any age," said State Health Director Dr. Jeff Engel. "Most flu infections can be prevented by getting the vaccine. Flu vaccine is readily available and affordable this year, and is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones."

The state recommends anyone over 6 months old receive a flu shot. They say the flu is now widespread across the state and that it's not too late to still get your vaccine.


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