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The state Department of Health reports 19 deaths have been confirmed from the flu in Washington state so far this season, including two children who died.

The latest update from health officials says flu activity in the state is elevated, with more than 1,800 patients reporting flu-like systems during the last week of December alone - the most recent period for which data is available. 

Ten outbreaks of flu-like sickness also have been reported at long-term care facilities in the state so far in the 2019-2020 season to date. 

Snohomish County reported Tuesday that two adults have died from flu complications since the start of the year. 

A Lake Stevens man in his late 80s died Jan. 5, and a woman in her early 30s died on Jan. 1. Both of the individuals had underlying medical conditions, according to the Snohomish County Health Department. 

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The most common strain of the flu so far this season is Influenza B.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says influenza activity is high nationally and continues to increase. 

The CDC estimates so far this season there have been 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu. 

The CDC predicts flu activity will remain elevated through mid-January, and will likely peak between now and February. 

The state Department of Health recommends washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you're sick to help stop the flu from spreading. 

Health officials also continue to recommend individuals get the flu shot if they haven't already.