State Health Department spokesman Marqise Allen says she died in the past week.
Benton-Franklin health officer Dr. Amy Person told the Tri-City Herald the woman had chronic medical conditions that put her at higher risk for complications from influenza.
Tim Church with the state Health Department says there were 54 deaths in the last flu season, which peaks in the winter. The most state flu deaths in recent years were 98 in the swine flu season of 2009-2010.
Health officials recommend flu vaccine shots for everyone older than 6 months.
More Northwest Headlines
Crash of amphibious tour vehicle, bus raises safety concerns 1:05 p.m. Tulalip police, wildlife officers seize 700 illegal crab pots near Blaine Federal appeals court won’t stop Seattle minimum wage law 2:38 p.m. Oregon man: Eastern Wash., Ore. should become part of Idaho 1:01 p.m. Backers of Pierce County prosecutor recall won’t have anonymity 12:59 p.m. Toddler shoots himself in leg with dad’s gun in Oregon 12:58 p.m. Attorney general files campaign complaint against healthcare union 12:53 p.m. Officials identify Lacey couple in apparent homicide, suicide 12:52 p.m.
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.