Flu epidemic on the rise in Iowa

It's still not too late to get your flu shot

Flu season started early and is already widespread.

"Influenza is already ramping up in the state," says Tyler Brock with Siouxland District Health.

And yes, even the health nuts can be bedridden. 

"Even healthy people can expect to be in bed for several days if they get influenza," says Brock.

The Iowa Department of Public Health saying eight more flu-related deaths are reported in Iowa. 

Five of which occurred in Central Iowa, two in Southwest Iowa, and one in Eastern Iowa.

Many of these flu-related deaths are linked to additional ailments on top of this disease, and many averaging 85 years old. 

Those most at risk are the very young and the very old. The reason? Weaker immune systems. 

"I'm a firm believer that people can get the flu shot if they want to, however it is the best way to prevent the serious things that are happening to some people," says Brock.

Although we are still in the peak of flu season, it's not too late to get your flu shot. Even this late in the game, it can still offer protection and prevent the most severe cases of the flu, including death. 

"Healthy people should be getting the vaccine as well as the vulnerable people even though the serious consequences are less likely in healthy people, it's important for us to prevent ourselves from getting it so that we don't then pass it on to those most vulnerable people," says Brock.

If you do not get your flu shot and are experiencing symptoms of the disease, see your doctor immediately to nip the issues in the bud and significantly reduce your chances of hospitalization. 

 

 

 

 


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