Health officials confirm first Tri-Cities flu death

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A man in his 70s is the first person in Benton and Franklin Counties to die from the flu this season.

He is also the 10th influenza-related death in Washington this flu season.

In making the announcement, the Benton-Franklin Health District is re-issuing its call for anyone over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot.

“The flu vaccine is still the best protection we have against influenza, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot this year,” said Dr. Amy Person, Health Officer for Benton and Franklin Counties.

Flu shots are offered at pharmacies, health care providers, and the Health District.

Good hygiene can also prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.

The Centers for Disease Control has more suggestions on how to protect yourself and your family from communicable diseases.

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