KDHE says Topeka-area man died of H1N1

A 60-year-old man from the Topeka metropolitan area has died from infection with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced today. His was the 28th confirmed death in the state linked to the virus this season.

The man's death was reported to KDHE on Feb. 22; his infection was confirmed Feb. 4. The man had underlying health conditions that placed him at greater risk for complications of influenza, KDHE said.

Local health departments and others have been offering H1N1 vaccine; the Sedgwick County Health Department is offering free vaccine at its clinic at 4095 E. Harry.