Flu Activity Increasing in Iowa, First Flu-Related Death Reported

First case of flu confirmed in the city

While thousands of people no longer die every flu season, there are groups that remain very susceptible, such as babies, young children, and elderly adults. It said it had received a report of the death of a child under the age of 18 from flu, but had no more details.

"We are starting to see an upward trend in cases being reported", said Jenny Galbraith, immunization surveillance coordinator at the North Dakota Department of Public Health.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting "widespread" flu activity, which is the highest level the state gives for the virus. "So it's really important people come out and get the flu shot", Aigner said. The report consists of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results.

But that's not to say flu hospitalizations will remain low for the remainder of the year. Most people will recover from the flu within a week to 10 days, but some are at greater risk of developing more severe complications such as pneumonia.

The predominant flu strain could also change later in the season, he said.

H1N1, or Swine Flu has returned to the headlines after 26-year-old Fox News commentator Bre Payton died suddenly.

"Many flu seasons have a biphasic appearance. So it can protect them against that later bump if we do have it this year".

Eighty percent of pediatric flu deaths previous year were in children who had not been vaccinated.

He said it was not too late to get the flu vaccine and urged vulnerable people in particular to get it.

So far in Minnesota's 2018-19 flu season, there have been 116 hospitalizations and four deaths in total.

Unfortunately, doctors say there is no one sure fire way to prevent anyone from getting the flu, but a vaccine and some good practices can keep you from getting stuck on the couch.

Stay home when you are ill-especially do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms.

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