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First death from H1N1 confirmed in Travis Co.

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Two people have died from the flu in Travis County. One tested positive for the 2009 H1N1 strain.

Austin-Travis County Health Department officials confirm two people under the age of 65 died Thursday.

Both were being treated in Austin hospitals and are said to have had pre-existing conditions that put them in a higher risk category. One was diagnosed with H1N1, the other with Influenza-A.

Both strains of the flu are including in this year's shot. So health department officials are really encouraging folks to get a shot.

"It's a good match. Really encourage everyone six months or older to get that flu vaccine and practice the other protective practices. Wash your hands, cover your cough, your sneeze and if you're sick to stay home," said Phil Huang M.D., Austin-Travis Co. Health and Human Services.

Health officials say 90 percent of patients who test positive for the flu have the 2009 H1N1 strain. That's concerning because typically high risk patients for the flu are those over 65. With H1N1, the highest risk for illness are those under 65 with underlying conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, obesity or pregnancy.

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