SPOKANE, Wash. -

The flu-related death of a Spokane County man is spurring the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to remind the public to get flu shots.

The man's identity has not been released. DOH told KXLY 4 News that the man was in his 50s and had underlying health conditions. He passed away in late August.

"A recent influenza-related death of a person in Spokane County is a sad reminder that flu seasons, while unpredictable, are always serious," stated DOH Communications official Julie Graham in a press release sent to KXLY 4 News. "Flu season is quickly approaching and public health officials are urging people to get a flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area. Everyone, including pregnant women, can benefit from an annual influenza vaccine, and for many people it is critical."

 “People of all ages should get vaccinated before flu season is in full swing,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist, State Communicable Disease Epidemiologist for DOH, in the aforementioned release. “Though flu season often peaks in winter, it’s unpredictable, and we urge people to get protected now.”

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