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KHQ MD ALERT: Another Person Dies Of The Flu In E. Washington

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KHQ.COM - On Monday KHQ learned another person has died of the flu in Spokane - this time a woman in her 40's. That makes a total of 4 flu-related deaths in Eastern Washington this season and 12 in Washington state. On top of that, hospitalizations jumped up to 120 as of Friday, up from 90 last week and 45 the week before.

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With its latest update Friday, the Washington Health Department says there have been 11 flu deaths in the state this season.
   
Spokesman Marqise Allen says the number is not unusual, but the department urges everyone over the age of 6 months to have a vaccination. The swine flu has been the most common strain, and the current vaccine available covers the H1N1 virus.
   
Five of the deaths have been in King County, which can be expected as the population center of the state.
   
Allen says the state Health Department tracks only laboratory confirmed deaths so "official" numbers are just an indication of the overall flu situation.
   
There were 54 official flu deaths in the state last season, 18 the season before.

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