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INFLUENZA ACTIVITY: Number Of Cases Growing In Iowa

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Polk County Health Department officials say flu activity is increasing in Iowa but if you got the flu vaccine you should be covered.

Surveillance data shows the dominant strain this year is H1N1.

Usually the flu causes the most illness and complications in the elderly, very young and people with chronic health conditions. However, this strain targets young children, young and middle-aged adults and pregnant women.

Fortunately H1N1 strain was included in this year’s flu vaccination.

Polk County officials say the flu season typically peaks in January and February but can continue into the spring months.

Flu vaccinations are available at the Polk County Health Department Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You don’t need an appointment and if you are unable to pay, you will not be turned away.