Flu Activity Increasing in Iowa, First Flu-Related Death Reported

05 January, 2019, 05:56 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • First case of flu confirmed in the city

IL has been experiencing a slightly higher activity level, earning "local activity" status, which indicates recent lab-confirmed influenza outbreaks in a single region and/or an increase in influenza-like illness cases. Nationally 13 children have died from the flu, none of which were from Virginia. "There is still plenty of flu season to come".

Four flu-related pediatric deaths were reported during week 51, bringing the total to seven pediatric deaths during the current flu season.

"We got ours in September because we were going on vacation and we wanted to make sure we were covered", Hemshrot said. Last year, however, it also rose in January because the sharp rise in flu illnesses began in mid-November instead of early December.

In Arkansas last week, 52 of the state's 75 counties reported influenza cases.

Dr Kelleher said hundreds die from the virus every year and has made a plea for members of the public to get the flu jab and limit their contact with the public if the notice any of the symptoms arise.

This is true for the Polk County Health Department which provides vaccinations at their walk-in clinic throughout the flu season.

The vaccine is recommended for everyone except infants under the age of 6 months. "They are always at the highest risk of death along with the very elderly", Skolnik said.


Skolnik tells us the most prevalent strain of flu is H1N1.

Although the vaccine won't prevent all cases of the flu, it lessens the severity and duration of symptoms, and those who get flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to die.

Save a life with the flu vaccine.

"Lots of hand washing". If you do get sick, please stay home until you're much better.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu germs.

"Patients with flu-like symptoms should only go to the hospital if they are experiencing severe respiratory distress, have a compromised immune system or are either very old or very young", said Dr. Ashraf Khan, System Director Epidemiology/Infect Control at Lee Health.

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