A southern Idaho man died from a flu-related illness, which is our state’s first flu-related death so far this season.

Twenty-six people died from flu-related illnesses in Idaho last season.

Pregnant women, people over 50, anyone who lives in a long-term care facility and anyone with asthma, diabetes, heart or lung diseases have a higher risk of developing serious conditions related to the flu.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is urging everyone to get the flu shot. They say it will help protect you and your family over the holidays and for the rest of the influenza season.

This season’s vaccine has been updated to match viruses currently circulating, and protects against four strains of the illness. There are other ways to help prevent getting the flu, see those HERE.

For more information on influenza, click HERE.