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KCMO health department confirms 3rd flu death

Child flu deaths this season rise to 63; CDC says flu hospitalizations extremely high
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 16:28:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A third person has died as a result of contracting influenza, according to the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department.

The person was in their 80s, according to a news release from the city of Kansas City. Two others were in their 50s and 60s.

Tiffany Wilkinson, communicable disease prevention and public health preparedness division manager, said in the release that people with “underlying health conditions,” such as asthma and heart disease” are at a higher-risk of being diagnosed with the flu.

“For their sake, we encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine not only for individual protection, but to protect those with more vulnerabilities,” Wilkinson said.

The Kansas City, Missouri, Immunization Clinic, 2400, Troost Ave., offers walk-in flu vaccinations.

As of Jan. 18, more than 4,000 cases had been reported in Kansas City.

The first death of the season occurred in December.