A spokesperson for Evergreen Hospital confirms 3 patients have died from the H1N1 virus in the last two weeks. All were between 30-50 years of age and not vaccinated.
King County Public Health reports infections are on the rise locally, as seasonal influenza has gone from barely detectable levels in early December to widespread in King County.
“It’s easy to get complacent about the flu, since we see it every year, but it brings real hardship and dangers,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Catching the flu can not only disrupt your life, it can be severe enough to send you to the hospital.”