(Atlantic) Cass County Health Systems Coordinator Denise Coder says surveillance indicates influenza is making its way through Iowa.
Coder says they will be conducting a flu shot clinic this evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cass County Home Care Office at 1500 East 10 Street.
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced their first case of the flu in Iowa on November 14. According to a department news release, the State Hygienic Laboratory confirmed the positive test result in a Polk County child with no reported medical conditions.
Public health officials remind Iowans it is not too late to get a flu shot. It is especially important for those with risk factors including heart diseases, lung diseases, diabetes, women who are pregnant, and the very young and very old.
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. It spreads easily from person to person and can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or complications in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.
November 30, 2011