This year s flu season has been particularly brutal across the country and in the state. Nine flu-related deaths have been reported in King County so far, and five have been reported in Snohomish County, including four in people over the age of 70. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says nationwide, older people are more likely to be hospitalized because of this year s strain of the flu.

Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District, tells us why elderly people are having the toughest time, and if the worst of the season is yet behind us.

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