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OTHELLO - Last week, the Adams County Health Department sent a letter to all parents with school-aged kids in the county informing that the flu season has arrived.

Health officials wrote that the department has begun to see lab documented cases of influenza in school-aged kids in the county. The department says the flu is spread by person-to-person contact, mainly through “droplet spread” during a cough or sneeze.

In addition, most people can infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick, but kids and people with weakened immune systems may pass the virus for more than 10 days.

The flu season in Adams County was announced one week after Grant County confirmed the arrival of influenza. 

One flu-related death has been reported in the state this flu season – an elderly man in Franklin County, according to the state Department of Health. During the 2018-19 flu season, 245 lab-confirmed flu deaths were reported in Washington.

Speak to your local healthcare provider about flu vaccinations. 

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