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Boston Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death This Fall

But don't panic. The flu is preventable. And although the city's first victim was a man in his 40s, he had underlying health conditions.

A Boston man in his 40s is the first death linked to influenza this year in the city, the Boston Public Health Commission said today. The patient had underlying health conditions.

Boston health officials recommend that everyone take the following steps to reduce their risk of illness:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough, either with your upper sleeve or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with a fever and cough or sore throat, stay home for 24 hours after you have stopped taking fever-reducing medication or for four days – whichever is longer.
  • Consider getting vaccinated against the flu. For Boston residents who do not have health insurance, or if you have any other questions, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 800-847-0710. Calls are free and confidential. Many pharmacies in the city are also offering vaccine. 

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