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North Dakota Dept. of Health Reports First Flu Related Death

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The North Dakota Health Department confirms the first death due to the flu this season.

A 30-year-old woman from the Northeastern part of the state died from symptoms related to the H1N1 flu virus.

The H1N1 flu is known for attacking young adults more than other strains of flu.

But health officials with the state say the woman who died had other health issues as well.

Epidemiologist Jill Baber says there are flu related deaths every year.

I would say every year people should be cautious about the flu. It can be very serious. This year we've had quite a few cases, but it hasn't been a huge year. But we are seeing a lot of hospitalizations, so it's a good reminder that the flu can be serious for anyone at anytime.

Baber promotes vaccines as the best way to avoid flu or at least weaken its symptoms.

Flu shots received this flu season are still good.

She says if you have not had a flu shot yet, it's not too late.

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