This season's Iowa flu death total more than double a year ago

CDCThis map from the CDC shows influenza activity levels in each state for the week

CDCThis map from the CDC shows influenza activity levels in each state for the week

It was was the second consecutive week of declines during a season that had an early peak in February, when 44 deaths were reported, according to state and county health officials.

The report, which accumulated flu data from October 1, 2017 to March 3, 2018, stated 207 Iowans have died this season due to influenza-related activity.

And just like a hundred years ago, the people most at risk are the very old, or the very young, and admission into hospital is only reserved for extreme cases.

Widespread in the Palmetto State for the past 10 weeks, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control officials now believe the illness is present only on a regional basis.

This year's total of 276 deaths, however, is the highest in a decade, with almost three months remaining in the flu season.

That total is double the 58 deaths the state recorded in 2009, the first year when all flu deaths here had to be reported to Georgia Public Health, Georgia Health News reported. It will include a strain of Influenzavirus A subtype H1N1 identified in MI in 2015, a strain of subtype H3N2 from Singapore in 2016, as well as a B type from Colorado in 2017, and another from Phuket in 2013.

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"I'm seeing much fewer cases involving the flu, but yes, I do ask patients if they've had the vaccine and strongly recommend it still", Mask said.

But hospitalizations for the flu remained worrisome.

The CDC's most recent update showes that 8.8 percent of the deaths occurring during the week ending Feb.17 were due to pneumonia and influenza.

You can help prevent the spread of influenza by practicing frequent hand hygiene, staying home if you are sick and by getting an annual influenza vaccination.

Tulsa and other county health departments have been offering free flu shots while supplies last.

"Our vaccines are based on our best prediction of matching what we think are going to be the prevailing circulating strains", Director Dr Nicky Turner told Newshub Nation.

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