First Iowa flu death of season reported

First case of flu confirmed in the city

Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu

"The incidence of influenza has increased this past week". Influenza A (H1N1) pdm09, influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co circulate.

If untreated, the CDC said the flu can lead to more complicated health problems like bacterial infections and pneumonia. "Also do not forget to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way".

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.

"The timing and duration of flu seasons vary - they can occur from early fall to late spring - so you should get the vaccine as soon as it's available", said Cynthia Robotti, DNP, RN, PHCNS-C, nurse manager for the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District.

The CDC doesn't track adult deaths from flu, but they do keep tabs on pediatric deaths. The 2017-2018 season was the deadliest in decades, killing more than 80,000 people.

Doctors advise everyone over six months old to take the vaccine, especially those who are pregnant or have chronic health complications.

Developing on the health beat: The flu is ramping up in MI.

"Last year was a record bad year", Brammer said. "And in people who had exposure with this other virus, the A/California didn't work as well as the A/Michigan, and that's why we now have a MI virus in the vaccine".

The Nebraska influenza surveillance system is a collaborative effort between DHHS and its many partners in the state including, local health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics and emergency departments.

There were 136 cases reported during the week ending December 29, 2018. This sampling represents only a small percentage of influenza cases for the state, but contributes to the ongoing assessment of flu activity in the Commonwealth and helps determine the weekly level of flu activity. Flu can be very contagious.

According to the CDC, in past flu seasons when the match between flu vaccine and circulating strains of flu virus is close, a flu shot is between 60 to 70 percent effective.

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