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A nurse prepares five shots for a patient August 4, 2014, at St. Luke's Magic Valley in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — A south-central Idaho resident has died as a result of influenza, the health district announced Tuesday.

The person was older than 50, South Central Public Health District said in a statement. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has reported seven influenza-related deaths statewide so far this season, but this was the first in south-central Idaho.

“We are seeing increasing rates of influenza-like illness and have had outbreaks reported,” SCPHD epidemiologist Tanis Maxwell said in a statement.

The health district wants to remind residents to get the flu vaccine — including a high dose for adults older than 65 — and to wash your hands often, cover your cough or sneeze, and stay home if you’re sick.

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Flu symptoms include a sudden fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue. Symptoms are generally more severe than a common cold.

There’s still time to get a flu shot, since the season continues through March. Shots are available at SCPHD or local healthcare providers.

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