Flu season

Flu vaccinations are still being administered in the Magic Valley. Scott Holliday, an emergency physician at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, strongly urges people to get vaccinated. 'It's not too late to get your flu shot now,' he says.

PAT SUTPHIN TIMES-NEWS

TWIN FALLS — It’s no secret it’s a severe flu season in Idaho and nationwide.

How many influenza-related deaths have been reported so far? The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare puts out weekly reports with that information on its website.

Here are the most recent statistics, from the week of Jan. 21-27:

51: Number of flu-related deaths in Idaho this season

49: Were among people older than 50

5: Were among south-central Idaho residents, all of whom were older than 50

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29: Deaths within the area served by the Panhandle Health District in northern Idaho — more than half the total number statewide.

2.94: Percentage of outpatient visits in Idaho for influenza-like illnesses

7.2: Percentage of emergency room visits in Idaho for influenza-like illnesses

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