Updated:THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. —
A 23-year-old Thurston County woman died from complications related to the flu, according to a news release from Thurston County.
The death was first reported Wednesday night.
The woman's death marks the first flu-related fatality in Thurston County this flu season.
A total of 28 people in Washington have died this season as a result of the flu, according to the Department of Health.
"This young woman's death is a sad reminder that the flu must be taken seriously," stated Dr. Diana Yu, health officer for the county, in the release.
Dr. Yu encouraged people to get vaccinated, stating it is not too late in the season to get a shot. For a full list of preventative tips, visit the health page on the county's website: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/