Boston records first influenza death of the season

According to the Boston Public Health Commission, a Boston man in his 40s is the first death linked to influenza this year in the city.

The man was reported to have underlying health conditions, according to FOX 25 Boston.

Boston health officials recommend that everyone get vaccinated against influenza every year to reduce the risk of illness.

"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of a Boston resident from illness associated with the flu," Barbara Ferrer, the executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, said, according to FOX 25 Boston. "We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends."

Other recommendations from Boston health officials include to cover your mouth when you cough, either with your upper sleeve or a tissue, wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, try to avoid close contact with sick people and, if you are sick with a fever and cough or sore throat, to stay home for 24 hours after you have stopped taking fever-reducing medication or for four days – whichever is longer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for getting serious flu complications.