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Flu Activity Remains Below Regional Baseline

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Influenza activity across the state remains sporadic, according to the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network. Only one school in Iowa reported 10-percent or greater absenteeism due to illness. Also, the proportion of outpatient visits due to influenza-like illness was well below the regional baseline at 0.21 percent.

Danielle Pettit-Majewski, Director of Washington Public Health, recommends that everyone get a flu shot annually because the flu strains change and are different from last year. Also, if everyone gets a flu shot that is able to, it will protect those who cannot get the shot, such as those who are immuno-compromised.

For the complete Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network report click here.