Washington Health Department talks flu on Twitter

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Health Department is turning to Twitter as one more way to make a late season push to promote flu vaccine.

State Health Officer Maxine Hayes is hosting a Twitter chat at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to offer advice about flu shots and treating the disease, using the hashtag WaFlu.

There have been 28 lab-confirmed flu deaths in Washington.

State Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer says the flu this season is a harsh strain, especially on the elderly.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.