Two Flu Deaths In Iowa


IOWA - The flu has claimed to victims in Iowa. Both were women. One lived in central Iowa and was between the age of 61 and 80. The second woman lived in northwest Iowa and was 81 or older and had underlying health conditions or contributing factors.

KWQC TV6 Reports, “This week flu activity in Iowa has increased to local spread, indicating that the virus is present in Iowa communities," officials said in a statement. "IDPH Medical Director Dr. Caitlin Pedati says these deaths are an unfortunate reminder that flu can be a serious illness. "The flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old, or those who have underlying health conditions. This is a great time to get the flu vaccine to prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming sick before flu activity increases further.”

The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months should receive a flu shot. It takes up to two weeks for the vaccination to achieve full benefits against the flu.

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