First Iowa flu death of the season reported by IDPH

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IDPH says that while influenza activity was low for 10 weeks, flu activity has increased over the last three weeks and is being reported in every region of Iowa.

The flu is on the rise in MS and nationwide.

Officials said that as the "season" continues to ramp up, it is important to take preventive steps to keep yourself healthy.

An estimated five to 12 percent of Pennsylvanians get the flu each season.

"There's a lot of things that might be going on, so the strain that's been circulating is one potential issue".

Hardest hit thus far has been the Southern U.S., covering a ten state sweep from SC all the way to New Mexico and even up to Utah.

New York City is also high, but the state as a whole is moderate.

But there are several months left in the season.

Although prevention isn't always effective, she says it's pretty simple.

Still, there are positive signs compared with recent epidemics.

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"The predominant strain now circulating is H1N1, which is affecting younger age groups more than strains that have circulated in previous years". That's compared to 90 reported cases this time previous year.

"Last year was a record bad year", Brammer said. Still, most Albertans don't get vaccinated.

If you haven't yet, the good news is they say it's not too late.

He said he expects to see more cases in the coming weeks.

Flu viruses are classified by A, B, and C. The influenza A virus is the source of widespread infections because it can mutate much faster than the other versions and is carried by birds to humans and other animals.

That's not happening this year-so far.

The CDC has reported a total of 11 pediatric deaths nationwide this season.

Dr Kelleher confirmed at least two people have died from the virus, with two more suspected deaths as a result of the flu.

That underscores the most crucial piece of information at this point, Brammer said. Getting your kids their flu shot is the best way to protect them and prevent deaths from the complications of flu, she said.

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