First seasonal flu death in Iowa

IDPH

DES MOINES, Iowa – The state has suffered its first flu-related death of the season.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says it was an elderly central Iowa woman who was already in poor health.  “This death is an unfortunate reminder the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death,” says IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, “especially in the very young, very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.”

Iowans are being encouraged to get a flu vaccination this week to protect their friends and loved ones from the illness.

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