1st adult death of new flu season reported

ABC News’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares tips on how to protect yourself and your family after the flu-related death of a woman in New Mexico.
1:09 | 10/04/19

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We move to a "Gma" health alert with the flu season now here, the first adult death has been reported. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here, has the details on how you and your family can prepare. Yep. Good morning. So here's what we know about this death. This occurred in a 90-year-old woman in New Mexico. It was the first of five flu cases reported in the state and it is a reminder that complications of the flu can be fatal, especially in the elderly, the very young and those with weakened immune systems but also with previously healthy people, as well. What else do we know? There's a lot of controversy about timing. People are confused. The CD recommends that people get their flu shot by the end of October. It does take two weeks to get maximum protection but there is some theory maybe the immunity tends to wane by the end of the season but if you get it now you will be protected by the peak and it's better to get it than not get it at all so really less about when than if. Early in the season, make sure you get your flu shot. I will give you yours if you would like. Oh, yes. Can we sign up?

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