The Grayson County Coroner's Office has investigated its first confirmed case of a local death from the flu.

Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson announced on Tuesday, Feb. 20 that a 34-year-old woman from the Conoloway area of Grayson County had passed away from the flu, specifically influenza A(H3), a fatal strain of the virus.

In the morning hours of Jan. 25, Hudson responded to the Conoloway area on a report of a female whom had been found to be deceased by her nephew.

Hudson said he found no outward cause of death upon initial inspection, so he sent the woman's body to the State Medical Examiner's Office for further examination, and, on Tuesday of this week, he received confirmation that she had died from the flu.

Her nephew stated she had complained of being sick for a few days prior to her death, according to Hudson.

Hudson served as a deputy coroner from 1991 to 2006, at which point he was named Grayson County Coroner, and, from 1991 to 2018, he said, the coroner's office had never investigated a case of death as a result of the flu.

Though the flu is not expected to peak in the month of March, Hudson encourages Grayson County residents to get a flu vaccination if they have not, or, if they are suffering from symptoms of the flu, to immediately visit the hospital for treatment.

"You can die at home from the flu," said Hudson.

Additionally, Hudson said he has notified the Grayson County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the death.

Symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue or feeling tired; however, not everyone with the flu will have a fever.

Other symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea, but these are more common in children than adults.

Anyone can get sick with the flu and become severely ill, but there are some populations that are more likely to experience severe flu illness.

Young children, adults aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions are among those populations who are at high risk of serious flu complications. Those complications could lead to hospitalization and sometimes result in death.

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.