Flu deaths increase in Spokane County

Flu deaths increase in Spokane County

Flu-related deaths continue to climb in Spokane County.

Twenty one people have died this flu season in Spokane County, according to Spokane Regional Health District Epidemiologist Mark Springer. That’s up from 18 a week ago. Springer noted that more than two thirds of the deaths reported were people who did not have a history of receiving the influenza vaccine.

SRHD revealed that there have been 408 flu-related deaths as of Monday. That’s one more than the record number recorded during the 2014-2015 season.

Springer said it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

“We don’t want people to get sick needlessly because they thought it was too late. Our flu season historically will go on to March and we will see small clusters of flu activity all the way into April and May,” Springer said.