A third woman in Brevard County has died from flu-related complications this year, the Florida Department of Health reported Thursday.
The latest flu victim was a 63-year-old woman, county health officials confirmed. It was not immediately clear if any other factors contributed to her death.
Two other women in Brevard died from the flu in January. One was a woman in her 30s who had recently given birth.
Last month, the Health Department in Brevard reported two people were on life support due to flu-related symptoms. The health department did not confirm whether this woman was one of those patients.
While most Florida counties are reporting only mild flu activity as of Wednesday, Brevard was one of 10 counties in Florida that reported higher, "moderate" activity.
Activity was also higher in Orange County, where three people died from influenza last month, including a school-age child.
On average, 36,000 flu deaths occur in the United State every year.
Brevard County Health Director Dr. Heidar Heshmati urged everyone who has not gotten a flu shot this season to get one as soon as possible. Health officials said pregnant women and people under age 40 were especially at risk.
Most of the reported flu cases in Florida this year have been the H1N1 strain of the virus, the same type that caused the so-called "swine flu" pandemic in 2009.