A third person in Kalamazoo County has died due to flu-related causes.
Officials confirmed the death of the person, who was over the age of 50, Tuesday.
The two other people who died of flu-related causes in Kalamazoo County — a man and a woman — were between the ages of 50 and 65. Both had previous medical problems.
There have been three flu-related deaths in Kent County so far this season and one in Van Buren County.
The H1N1 strain of influenza is classified as widespread in West Michigan by the Centers for Disease Control and the flu is an epidemic nationwide. Experts say the best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccination.
Contact your local health department about flu shots:
Allegan County Health Department: 269.673.5411
Barry Eaton District Health Department: 517.543.2430
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency: 517.279.5400
Berrien County Health Department: 269.927.5623
Calhoun County Health Department: 269.969.6370
Ionia County Health Department: 616.527.5241
Kalamazoo Health and Community Services: 269.373.5200
Mecosta, Newaygo and Oceana County: (see website)
Montcalm County: 989.831.5237
Muskegon County Public Health: 231.724.6246
Ottawa County Department of Public Health: 616.846.8360
Van Buren and Cass County District Health Department: 269.445.5280