State officials report first death of Minnesota flu season

There have been 19 hospitalizations for influenza so far.
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Flu season has claimed its first life in Minnesota.

According to a weekly update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), one person died of influenza last week. 

There were also eight hospitalizations that same week, bringing the number of hospitalizations to 19 for the season (so far). The 2019-2020 flu season officially started in Minnesota on September 29.

There's little information about the person who died; however, MDH says it was an adult, per the Associated Press.

MDH's weekly update also indicates that no children have died of influenza this season. 

Currently, MDH rates the geographic spread of the sickness as "sporadic."

Last year's flu killed 95 people in Minnesota, while the year before saw 440 deaths statewide. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, those most at risk of flu-related death are adults older than 65, young children and people with pre-existing health conditions (such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes). 

The MDH website has a guide to where you can get free or low-cost vaccinations. 

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