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Another person has died from flu in Kansas City, health department says – KMBC Kansas City

Another person has died from flu in Kansas City, health department says – KMBC Kansas City

Health officials say person was in their 50s, with underlying health problems

Another person has died from flu in Kansas City, health department says
Health officials say person was in their 50s, with underlying health problems

Another person has died from influenza in Kansas City, according to the Kansas City Health Department.Health officials said the person was in their 50s and had underlying health problems.The first death in Kansas City from influenza this season was reported in December. That person was in their 60s and also had prior health concerns.“People with underlying health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or compromised immune systems need to realize they are considered high-risk and can develop dangerous complications from influenza,” said Tiffany Wilkinson, a communicable disease prevention and public health preparedness division manager. “For their sake, we encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine not only for individual protection, but to protect those with more vulnerabilities.”Health officials said that people 65 years and older, those at risk of stroke, pregnant women and young children are also considered high-risk.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccination each year, unless they have a severe allergy to the flu vaccine.The Kansas City Immunization Clinic at 2400 Troost Ave. offers walk-in flu vaccinations during regular clinic hours. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8 a.m. – Noon on Thursdays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Another person has died from influenza in Kansas City, according to the Kansas City Health Department.Health officials said the person was in their 50s and had underlying health problems.
The first death in Kansas City from influenza this season was reported in December. That person was in their 60s and also had prior health concerns.“People with underlying health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or compromised immune systems need to realize they are considered high-risk and can develop dangerous complications from influenza,” said Tiffany Wilkinson, a communicable disease prevention and public health preparedness division manager. “For their sake, we encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine not only for individual protection, but to protect those with more vulnerabilities.”Health officials said that people 65 years and older, those at risk of stroke, pregnant women and young children are also considered high-risk.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccination each year, unless they have a severe allergy to the flu vaccine.The Kansas City Immunization Clinic at 2400 Troost Ave. offers walk-in flu vaccinations during regular clinic hours. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8 a.m. – Noon on Thursdays

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