- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Health officials say that a Salt Lake County resident has died of the flu, marking the county’s first flu-related death this season.

Authorities said Monday that the unidentified person was over the age of 65 and had not been vaccinated for the illness.

The flu season got off to a slow start this year, but dozens of people have been hospitalized so far. Flu season typically peaks in January and February.

Ilene Risk with the Salt Lake County Health Department says the death is tragic reminder that influenza is a serious disease, though it’s largely preventable with a vaccination.

Officials recommend adults and children get a flu shot every year.

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