(Atlantic) Iowa has its first confirmed case of the flu and it is a severe one. Cass County Community Health Coordinator Denise Coder encourages the public to get a flu shot. Coder says vaccination's are down this year.
“We need people getting vaccinations, especially now that we’ve heard that we’ve got the first case in Iowa,” said Coder. “We’ve seen cases throughout the nation here for a few weeks, but this is the first case in Iowa and it comes a little closer to home. We know it’s here, the holidays are coming up and people are going to be mingling so it’s a great time to get out and get that vaccination.”
Coder admits the flu season appears to be starting a little early this year, and it could be a long season.
“We usually don’t see our first case here until December, and sometimes even January, so it does kind of raise eyebrows a little bit and I think that should give people a little bit of a nudge if they have been delaying it to get in and get that taken care of,” said Coder.
Coder says there are two walk in vaccination clinics scheduled at the Cass County Hospice. The first one is November 21, from 9:a.m.-to-noon. The other is November 30, from 5:30-to-6:30 p.m. on a come and go basis.