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

05 January, 2019, 08:08 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • First case of flu confirmed in the city

Health officials recommend Hoosiers protect their families by getting a flu shot if they haven't already and to take precautions, including frequent hand-washing and covering their mouths when coughing.

Galbraith added that it's not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.

In addition, North Dakota has reported three flu-related deaths in the most recent flu season.

Monto said the predominance of the H3N2 virus previous year was bad because H3N2 tends to cause more severe complications and the vaccine often doesn't work as well against it.

In Texas, reports show that the percentage of patients with flu-like illness and those who've tested positive for influenza has increased. But two people in Wisconsin have died from the flu this season. A total of 179 lab-confirmed flu cases were recorded between Dec. 16 and Dec. 22, 2018, compared to 95 laboratory-confirmed cases reported between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, 2018. At this time in the last flu season Kentucky had twelve flu-related deaths, all adults. So far, there have been five influenza-associated pediatric deaths this 2018-2019 flu season.

The CDC recommended that anyone 6 months of age or older who has not yet received the flu vaccine do so as soon possible.

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It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated before or during pregnancy. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness rose to 3.3 percent - 50 percent higher than the national baseline of 2.2 percent.

The best advice from public health managers is to get a flu shot, after that they say basic hygiene and staying away from sick people can help you stay healthy.

There were 136 cases reported during the week ending December 29, 2018.

Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu cases or outbreaks in at least half of the state's regions.

Symptoms that could be early signs of the flu include fever, headache, cough, extreme dehydration, lightheadedness and shortness of breath. Flu can be very contagious.

The Centers for Disease Control says the dominant strain this year is H1N1.

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