The Iowa flu season has started early this year and is increasing quickly. In Iowa’s 21 sentinel hospitals, there have been 49 hospitalizations due to the flu so far this year, as compared to only eight last year at this time. Additionally, there have been 378 confirmed cases of influenza from Iowa’s sentinel system to date, compared to only 10 last year. So far this school year, 23 schools have reported more than 10 percent of their student body out sick on the same day, compared to only eight last year at this time (this week’s reporting is not yet complete).

All three strains of seasonal flu have been confirmed in Iowa this season, and all are covered by the vaccine. The primary strain circulating in Iowa is influenza A (H3N2). IDPH strongly encourages all people over 6 months of age to get a flu shot if they have not already done so.

For more information about influenza, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx

Influenza vs. Colds vs. Pertussis Symptom Chart

To download a the below chart click here.