Iowa's flu death-toll rises again

UPDATE:   The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 157-flu related death so far this season, for the week ending February 17th.  The flu is still considered "widespread" in the state.

(previous story)

State health officials says the number of flu-related deaths so far this season is 126, 29-more than a week ago.   All of the deaths are among adults.

Officials say the flu is still considered widespread and activity is high.   Sixty-three schools have reported absentee rates of 10-percent or more.

Public health officials say it is not too late to receive a flu shot.  They also remind Iowans who are ill, they should see a health care provider as soon as possible in case anti-viral medications can be prescribed.

Click HERE for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly flu report.

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