Widespread flu activity grows statewide

State Health Department report 20 people have died from influenza complications so far.

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WENATCHEE – The flu season has arrived and it appears to be a killer this year. Officials with the State Health Department report 20 people have died from influenza complications so far.

Officials tell the Associated Press that most of the people who died were older than 70 and had underlying health conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu activity has jumped across the country, with 36 states now reporting widespread flu activity.

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Health officials say annual flu vaccination is the best method of prevention against illness, followed by covering your cough, proper hand-washing and staying home from school or work when sick.