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Four women die from the flu in Benton County

Four women die from the flu in Benton County

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Four more people have died in Benton County from the flu.

An update from the Benton Franklin Health District said four women died as of January 9 from rising influenza activity in the area.

The women were aged 40 to 79 years from the counties of Benton, Franklin and Yakima.

"Everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot to protect themselves and others," Health Officer Dr. Amy Person said in a statement.

So far, the state of Washington has seen a total of 20 flu-related deaths during the 2017-18 season as of January, along with 16 flu outbreaks.

The district recommends people take additional precautions as these flu cases increase, including frequent hand washing, avoid touching your face, covering your cough and staying home while sick.

Dr. Person said it is not too late to get a flu shot for the season. Flu shots are available at pharmacies, health care providers and the Health District.

To see a list of locations offering the vaccine in Yakima County, click here.

More tips for getting through the flu season can be obtained by visiting the Washington State Department of Health website and the Centers for Disease Control website.

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