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Kansas City reports 2nd flu-related death this season

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 18:28:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A second person has died from the flu in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the city’s health department.

The patient was in their 50s and had underlying health conditions, according to a news release.

In December, the health department reported that a person in their 60s had died from the flu. That person 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, 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.”

Adults 65 and older, those at risk of stroke, pregnant women and young children are considered at high risk for the flu.

The KCMO Immunization Clinic at 2400 Troost Ave. offers walk-in flu vaccinations during regular clinic hours from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.