25-year-old woman dies of H1N1 flu


The St. Joe County Health Department confirms a 25-year old woman has died from the flu.

Her family identified her asAnne Phillips-Dwan, of South Bend.

"She was very healthy, she was outgoing, she was funny, I mean she was the life of the party," said William Junge, her father.

We're told she died from the H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu, on Christmas Eve.

The county health officer tells WSBT she had not gotten a flu shot.

Dr. Thomas Felger says this death comes with the peak of the flu season still a week away here.

He says that peak will last 3 to 4 weeks, and he says it's not too late to get your flu shot, which does cover the H1N1 virus.

He also says it is not too late to get your flu shot, and it does cover the H1N1 virus.

It takes 10 days to 2 weeks for the shot to become effective, so Dr. Felger is encouraging everyone to get their shot now.

He says the H1N1 flu has hit hard so far, causing severe respiratory illness in young and middle-aged adults.

H1N1 is the same strain that hit in 2009, causing many deaths.