Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Health says 25 flu-related deaths have now been confirmed across the state. Deputy State Epidemiologist, Ann Garvey, says 11 of the flu deaths happened in the last week of January.
All but one of the flu victims had an underlying condition, and 19 of those who died were elderly residents who were 81 or older.
Doctor Garvey says you should put off visiting elderly friends and relatives if you have the flu.
Garvey says the flu isn’t the only illness that’s been hitting Iowans.
Iowa is not alone in seeing the flu numbers go up.
Garvey says the vaccine this year appears to be doing a good job.
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. Symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days, and often puts healthy people in bed for days. Flu deaths have been reported in all regions of Iowa. Here is a breakdown: Central (seven deaths); Northeast (four deaths); Northwest (two deaths); Southwest (eight deaths); Southeast (one death); Eastern (three deaths).