The first two flu-related deaths in Iowa this season were confirmed Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS says both individuals are from northern Iowa, and both are elderly, 81 years and over. The current flu season began on October 3rd.
According to the most recent HHS flu report, the virus is at a moderately high level of activity in Iowa. The state’s hospitals are reporting high patient admission rates.
The department says getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and family members from severe flu illness, hospitalization, and death. The most recent data shows that 30-percent of residents in Iowa have gotten a flu shot this season, including 26-percent in Buena Vista County.