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Second Influenza-Related Death Confirmed in Iowa (1/3/17)

Second Influenza-Related Death Confirmed in Iowa (1/3/17)

While influenza spread in Iowa remains low, surveillance indicates activity is increasing and the number of flu-related deaths in Iowa now stands at two. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the influenza-related death of an elderly (81 years of age and older) Central Iowa male who had underlying health conditions. In addition, surveillance indicates all four of the flu viruses covered by the 2016/2017 vaccine are circulating in Iowa.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (3933)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 2.0
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Iowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season

Iowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first flu-related death of the 2016-2017 influenza season, an elderly (81 years of age and older) Central Iowa woman who had underlying health conditions. Influenza activity in Iowa has been low so far this season, but IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, says this death is an indication that flu can be a serious illness. "This death is an unfortunate reminder 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.” 

Monday, December 19, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (3788)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Happy, Healthy Holidays

Happy, Healthy Holidays

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that vaccinations and healthy behaviors are the best ways to prevent the spread of illness during this holiday season. “There is still time to get a flu vaccination to offer protection over the holidays,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “As people gather for meals and parties, or travel by planes and automobiles, they’re more likely to spread illness around. Receiving the flu vaccine will help you stay healthy to enjoy all the festivities, and will also keep you from making others sick.”

Thursday, December 15, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2614)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Now is the Perfect Time for Your Flu Vaccination

Now is the Perfect Time for Your Flu Vaccination

The Iowa Department of Public Health urges Iowans to get their annual flu vaccination now if they have not already done so. Since it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop full protection against the flu virus, being vaccinated now means you’ll be protected before the flu starts spreading and for the rest of the flu season.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (3147)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Iowa Enters Prime West Nile Virus Season

Iowa Enters Prime West Nile Virus Season

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding Iowans to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites in the coming weeks. Late summer and early fall are the seasons of peak West Nile virus activity in the state. 
Thursday, September 29, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2419)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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