Pierce County man is Washington state's first flu death of the season

Pierce County man is Washington state's first flu death of the season

A few days ago, Ruta Stulgaite says she received an email from her oldest daughter's school that said she needed proof that 4-year-old Andrea got the flu shot.

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Five children in the city died of the flu last season.

There was little flu activity in health-care facilities across the state during the first half of October, according to a report from the Washington State Department of Health.

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But most of the city's vaccine supply has been safe, said OPH.

"The flu vaccine is now available at more than 200 Ottawa pharmacies and the first of 10 OPH flu clinics is being held this Saturday, October 27 at All Saints High School in Kanata", it says. A Department of Education spokesperson tells News 12 that the policy was reinstated this year.

The man died in a Pierce County hospital Monday. She said flu is highly infectious so it is important for those who are unwell to stay away from hospital to stop the spread of the virus.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, cough and runny nose, and then progresses to body aches and joint pain.

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