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Department of Health Reports First Flu Death

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The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting North Dakota's first influenza death of the season.  Alicia Lepp, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health says the influenza death occurred in a female in her 30's who lived in the northeast region of North Dakota.

The woman had underlying medical conditions and was not vaccinated and had the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) strain. To date, this is the strain that has predominated of those that have been sub-typed in the United States this flu season. 

The North Dakota Department of Health reminds people that it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. Everyone who is 6 months and older should get the vaccine. The Health Department says it is important to get the flu vaccine every year because flu viruses are constantly changing and the vaccine is updated annually to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.


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