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Flu-linked deaths on rise across region

January 21st, 2014 9:38 pm by SUE GUINN LEGG, NET News Service

Flu-linked deaths on rise across region

Madison Hart, 12, rolls up her sleeve for a flu shot from public health nurse Amy Colgan at the Grant County Health Department in Marion, Ind. AP photo.

JOHNSON CITY — Flu-related deaths are continuing to rise locally and at the state and national level. Locally, flu vaccine remains in good supply and available for free at health departments across the region.

Through Monday, Mountain States Health Alliance has had four flu-related deaths at its facilities this season, up from three deaths reported through Jan. 9. 

MSHA Director of Infectious Disease Prevention Janie Swift said all of those deaths have occurred at Johnson City Medical Center, where 174 patients, including those seen in the hospital’s emergency department, have tested positive for flu since Dec. 1.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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