KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Health leaders from Benton-Franklin Health District tell Action News a second person has died from complications from the flu virus in the Tri-Cities.
A Benton County woman in her 80s is the most recent flu death.
Earlier this week, the health district informed us of a Benton County man in his 70's who died from the flu.
Last season, the district tallied a record 20 flu-related deaths.
Dr. Amy Person, Health Officer for Benton and Franklin Counties said that local flu activity is increasing, and residents should take precautions. “The flu vaccine is still the best protection we have against influenza and it’s not too late to get a flu shot for this year,” said Dr. Person. “Everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot to protect themselves and others.” Flu shots are offered at pharmacies, health care providers and the Health District.
So far, the Washington State Department of Health says there have been nine confirmed flu related deaths this year.
In addition to getting vaccinated, flu prevention tips include washing your hands often, avoid touching your face, cover your cough and stay home when you’re sick.