Influenza outbreak deaths continue to climb in Idaho

LEWISTON, ID - The State Department of Health and Welfare reports two Idaho children have now died from the dangerous respiratory illness, bringing the total number of deaths for the flu season to 21 in the Gem State.

Health officials encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions and become vaccinated, especially the young and elderly, as well as those living with a compromised immune system.

"The varieties they put into the influenza vaccine is a very good match for the influenza that we're seeing in the community this year," said N. Central ID. Dist. Health Nurse Mike Larson.

Some of the symptoms range from fever, trouble breathing, chest pressure and severe cough. If you're experiencing these symptoms, consult your health care physician.

The last time the numbers were this high in Idaho was nearly 10 years ago, when 28 influenza related deaths were reported.