Iowa reports 11 influenza-related deaths last week, 25 total for season

Feb 05, 2017, 01:49
Iowa reports 11 influenza-related deaths last week, 25 total for season

Late last year the Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed the A (H3N2) strain, which has forced elective surgery delays in France as the country braces for a high death toll, would be part of this year's influenza vaccine.

The Department of Public Health says flu activity in Iowa, and most of the nation, is now classified as "widespread" and that all four strains covered by this year's vaccine have been reported in the state.

"It's not too late to get your flu shot", said Spooner. The viral respiratory illness symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. The best way to protect against both influenza A and B viruses is by getting vaccinated each year.

"While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity and length of the season varies from one year to another", Nordlund said.

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"Children younger than six months are at a higher risk for serious flu complications, but are too young for the flu vaccine, so taking these precautionary steps around infants is especially important".

GP and former Australian Medical Association state president Shaun Rudd said predicting how severe a particular flu season would be was always hard.

Topham stresses the potential dangers of contracting the illness, which has been a leading cause of death across the U.S. and around the world for decades.

Most people who experience mild symptoms do not need to seek immediate medical attention. "They should seek medical attention if there are concerns for severe infection such as difficulty breathing".