DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU) – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Friday that two people have died from the flu.
The IDPI said that one victim was an older woman in Central Iowa and the other was an elderly woman in Northwest Iowa.
These are the first flu-related deaths in the 2019-2020 flu season in Iowa, registered by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
According to IDPH, influenza activity in Iowa has increased to local distribution this week, meaning that the virus is present in Iowa communities.
Iowa Medical Director of Public Health, Dr. Caitlin Pedati, says these deaths are an unfortunate reminder that flu can be a serious illness.
'The influenza virus has the potential to cause serious illness and death, especially in the very young, very old or those with underlying medical conditions. It's a great time to get the flu vaccine to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick before the flu activity goes up, "says Dr. Pedati, IDPH's medical director.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends. that everyone over the age of six months should be given the flu vaccine.
According to the CDC, the vaccine takes up to two weeks after the vaccination of the body to achieve the full benefit of the flu virus.
The CDC says influenza (influenza) is a respiratory disease caused by viruses. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, sore throat, coughing, nasal congestion and body aches. Flu duration is usually between two and seven days.
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