First Iowan Death Reported This Flu Season

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Garvey says Iowa's flu season generally hits its peak during the months of January and February.

Washington had 278 confirmed flu deaths in the past year, and Throne says 6 of those were children.

Lindsey Wreden stocked her supply cart with vaccine vials, turned on her blinking "Flu Kicker" pin and set out to find the stragglers at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center who hadn't received this year's flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that nearly everyone over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

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Traditional flu vaccines protect against three different strains of the flu: two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus.

Thirty-one people have been hospitalized in our state since flu season started at the beginning of the month. "So, anyone ages 65 and over, pregnant women, very young children, or people with any chronic or underlying health conditions, it's really important that they receive a flu vaccine".

That's right on track for a normal flu season.

Officials say providing the free service is a great way to encourage everyone in the community to keep themselves protected. People who are not at high risk for serious flu complications may also be treated with influenza antiviral drugs, especially if treatment can begin within 48 hours. Symptoms include sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, head and muscle aches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea.

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