BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say the state has recorded its first flu-related death this season.

The Boston Public Health Commission and the state Department of Public Health say a Boston man in his 40s died recently of the illness. They did not identify the man or give further details, but said he had underlying health problems.

The news comes as many businesses, communities and pharmacies are starting their flu vaccine clinics.

Officials tell the Boston Globe that they cannot yet forecast how severe the flu season will be. They advise people to get vaccinated and wash their hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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