PORTLAND -- Oregon Public Health officials said a 61-year-old Lincoln County woman was the season's first instance of an influenza hospitalization.
She was treated and has recovered, officials said Tuesday.
The flu season in Oregon usually runs from the fall through the spring. But flu can infect people throughout the year.
A seasonal flu vaccination is especially recommended for all health care workers as well as people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, people living or caring for babies 6 months and younger or people who are unable to be vaccinated because of health reasons.
The flu vaccine is now available through health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. To locate an immunization clinic near you, call the Oregon Public Health Flu Hotline at 1-800-978-3040 or go to the State of Oregon's Flu Information Web site.