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.
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.