It appears the flu season isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The latest report from the Center of Disease Control shows the flu is widespread in every state except Tennessee and Hawaii.
In Iowa, the number of doctor visits and hospitalizations has decreased from the major increase we saw in the beginning of January, but the numbers are still three times higher than a typical flu season.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says the two most vulnerable populations, children and elderly adults, are being hit hard.
Five area schools were reporting 10 percent or greater absenteeism due to flu-like symptoms. Two elderly care facilities were also reporting widespread outbreaks.
Health officials say it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Many local clinics, pharmacies and groceries stores have received a new supply, but you are advised to call ahead to check the supply.