Find a list of your saved stories here

16 flu deaths in Salt Lake County this season

16 flu deaths in Salt Lake County this season

(Peter Bernik, Shutterstock)

Save Story

Save stories to read later

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sixteen people have died from the flu this season in Utah's most populous county, health officials said Friday.

Each of the fatal cases involved adults ages 18 and older, according to the most recent Salt Lake County Health Department figures available, from Oct 1. through Feb. 3.

"We haven't been hit as hard as the rest of the country," said department spokesman Nicholas Rupp. "We're pretty much what you'd expect for this time of year in the flu season, so we're lucky that way."

The majority of the 610 people hospitalized with the flu this season are 65 or older, according to a report from the department.

Just 3 percent of those who ended up hospitalized with the flu in Salt Lake County had been vaccinated, according to the data.

Even though Utah's flu season has been more calm than in other states, Rupp urges Salt Lake County residents to get a flu shot.

"It's still a good idea to get a flu vaccine at this point in the year," Rupp said. "We've got two more months of flu season to go."

More on influenza:

Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast