The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced two influenza-related deaths. The two middle-aged (41 to 60 years of age) males were from central Iowa. “Our sympathies go to the families and loved ones of the individuals who died," said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "These deaths are an unfortunate reminder the flu virus is circulating in Iowa, and does have the potential to cause severe illness and death.” The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The most current surveillance shows three states in the nation have the highest estimated influenza activity – Iowa, Oregon and Rhode Island.