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Influenza is on the Rise in Iowa

January 20, 2020

Just a reminder that influenza activity remains widespread in Iowa and in the U.S. CDC’s influenza forecasts suggest that national influenza activity will remain elevated for several more weeks. Influenza activity is elevated and both influenza A and B virus infections are circulating as well as many other viruses including RSV. Many schools across central Iowa and throughout the state are reporting greater than 10 absenteeism.

"During the 2018-19 school year, flu season actually spread into May, so it's not too late to get your influenza vaccine," said Jill Arp RN, BSN, Infection Prevention/Employee Health Nurse at Manning Regional Healthcare Center. " While getting a vaccine earlier in the season is better, there is still a lot of the season to go and a vaccination now could still provide benefit."

Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. The CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from the flu.

Get yourself and your family vaccinated!
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone six months or older should get an annual flu vaccine. We do have flu vaccine on hand at MRHC so encourage people to come get it!

Stop the Spread
Take preventative actions to help stop the spread of flu viruses! Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water).

"The flu vaccine remains the best form of defense against the flu," said Arp. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection."

Contact Manning Regional Healthcare Center at (712) 655-2072 to schedule flu shots to protect you, your family, and the community today.

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