Pierce County woman dies from flu

The first death of a Pierce County resident attributed to the current flu season has been reported.

A woman in her 70s died Dec. 2, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

People 65 or older are among the most at-risk of severe complications or death from flu. Pregnant women and anyone with a health condition such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease also are considered high-risk.

The Health Department tracks flu cases, but officials noted that only a healthcare provider can determine if someone is sick from flu or some other respiratory illness.