Posted at: 11/04/2013 12:18 PM
Officials Say 3 Strains of Flu Circulating in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Health officials say there are three strains of influenza currently circulating in Iowa.
The state Department of Public Health says influenza activity in the state remains at a low level, but the three strains mean an individual could become ill with the flu three different times.
The strains include a regular seasonal strain and a 2009 pandemic strain.
Officials say vaccination is the best protection. The flu vaccine covers all three detected strains.
Influenza is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The department says an average of 300,000 people in Iowa get the flu every year.
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11/4/2013 12:16:40 PM (GMT -6:00)