Iowa Flu Shot Rate Lagging ; Local Flu and COVID Vaccine Numbers

The latest data indicates about 25-percent of Iowans have gotten a flu shot.

Dr. Robert Kruse is the state medical director…(audio clip below :06 )

Over 20-percent of Buena Vista County residents have received the flu vaccine. All surrounding counties have a flu vaccination rate of 24-percent or higher, with the exception of Ida County at 18-percent. During the flu season three years ago, 40-percent of Iowans got a flu shot. Kruse says cases of influenza and the respiratory illness known as R-S-V are increasing in Iowa with residents indoors more this time of year.

According to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, just under 60-percent of Iowa residents are fully vaccinated against COVID. Buena Vista County’s COVID vaccination rate of 69-percent is second in the state only to Johnson County. With holiday gatherings ahead, the agency is urging Iowans to get the flu shot AND ensure they’re up to date on COVID-19 vaccines…(audio clip below :07 )

Buena Vista County Public Health offers flu and COVID shots on Fridays. Contact their office to make an appointment.

State records indicate nearly 33.4-percent of Carroll County residents got the flu shot by the end of October. That’s the highest flu vaccination rate of any county.

(thanks to Radio Iowa for contributing)



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