Six people die from flu in Tri-Cities area

Flu Deaths

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Health officials report they have confirmed six deaths in the Mid-Columbia area from the flu.

The Benton-Franklin Health District reports the deaths have occurred in adults between the ages of 40-90 and date back to December.

Most recently, an elderly man in his 90's died in Benton County.

On Thursday, the Health District learned of a sixth death. A woman in her 80's from Benton County.

Health leaders do not know if the victims had received a flu shot.

Here is a break-down of the flu deaths in our area in recent years:

2014: One flu death

2015: Six flu deaths

2016: Two flu deaths

2017: One flu death (in December and is included in our count of six for this flu season).

2018: Five flu deaths

According to the Washington State Department of Health, there have been 46 confirmed deaths from the flu this season.

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