The three recent flu deaths include a Bothell woman in her 40s, an Everett woman in her 80s, and an Edmonds woman in her 80s. All three had underlying medical conditions. The Washington State Department of Health previously reported three other flu deaths in December in King and Pierce counties.
At least 52 people in Snohomish County have been hospitalized with flu symptoms since Nov. 1.
"We may be facing the most severe flu season since 2009," said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, director of the Snohomish Health District.
Dr. Goldbaum says this year's vaccines appear to be well matched for the strains that are currently circulating.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It's especially important for the following people to get vaccinated: People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease; Pregnant women; and people 65 years and older.
Patients need a fresh flu vaccine every year.
The CDC estimates that flu deaths across the country could range from 3,000 to 49,000 this season.