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.
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.