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First flu deaths of the season reported in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- There have been six flu related deaths in west Michigan, three of them in Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties.

The most recent death occurred this week as doctors continue to monitor the spread of the virus. But, one local health official says that those deaths are not unusual.

Linda Vail, the Director of Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services says 30-thousand die in a typical year from the flu. That means there will be a few deaths locally and statewide.

She says the victims usually have other underlying ailments that have weakened their systems.

She still recommends getting a flu shot if you don’t want to become a statistic, or just want to avoid the misery you will suffer if you catch it.