HSE warns that up to four people have died from swine flu

05 January, 2019, 05:08 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • First case of flu confirmed in the city

One man is dead from the flu and contributing issues, marking Iowa's first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 influenza season.

The flu vaccine is still available.

Question: We know it's important to get the flu shot. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop, but you'll be ready for when the flu peaks which is usually late January, early February. "Up from previous weeks where we have 5-6 in an entire week", said Tom Haupt, DHS. "We were blessed with her life, and we miss her dearly".

"This illness hit her really hard and really fast".

While he did have underlying conditions or contributing factors, the IDPH say this is an unfortunate reminder to take the flu seriously, as numbers of flu cases increase across the state and the country.

He said it's not known why flu is a relatively mild illness for the vast majority of children and deadly to only a small percentage.

There are already 1,457 reported flu cases, which is slightly higher than what was reported this time last season.


"People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu", he added.

The dominant strain now circulating, called H1N1, is less likely to affect the elderly-a particularly vulnerable group-and it tends to be more sensitive to vaccination.

He said that's because similar strains were circulating about 40 to 50 years ago. There were no recent cases of H1N1 in Jackson County, Landrum said.

The health service has identified four cases of a new strain of the H1N1 virus which causes swine flu.

"It's not too late to get the flu vaccine, and if you are coming down with flu like symptoms like fever, body aches - isolate yourself".

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.

Once someone gets the flu, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and hasten recovery, and reduce complications and hospitalizations. DHS says the outbreak is likely to get worse before it gets better.

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