Flu kills Madison County resident

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Madison County resident has died after complications from the flu, the Madison County Health Department said.

The department confirmed a middle-aged person with H1N1 has died. They can't say if it's a man or a woman or where the person is from.

The victim did have an underlying medical condition and was not vaccinated.

Madison County has seen just over 20 cases of the flu so far in January. Cheryl Geiler, director of community health services with the Madison County Health Department says it's especially important for people with medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, obesity or health problems to get vaccinated.

"Traditionally each year we have A and B strains," said Geiler. "Each year, they ID certain ones that appear to be more visible. Last year, we had H1N1 and H3N2."

Because H3N2 started in October, it made for a longer season that lasted into May, Geiler said. But what the health department is seeing more deaths with is the H1N1 virus. It predominately hits children and middle-aged adults and is in the vaccine this year. It has been in the vaccine since 2009, when there was a major outbreak.

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