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Flu death reported in Madison County

Madison County Department of Health has announced its first flu death for the 2013-14 flu season in a middle-aged adult. The individual had the H1N1 flu, was unvaccinated and had an underlying health condition that led to more serious complications from the flu.

“The H1N1 flu is the predominant flu strain circulating this year,” said Cheryl Geiler, Madison County Health Department’s director of community health. “We continue to strongly encourage children, young adults, middle-aged adults and older adults to get the flu vaccine to protect themselves, especially if they have an underlying medical condition.”

Obesity, heart disease, diabetes and asthma are common underlying medical conditions in patients hospitalized for the flu.

People who are sick should stay home and cover their mouths when they cough and wash their hands more often.

To learn more about the flu or to find an upcoming clinic go to healthymadisoncounty.org.

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