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Peak flu season hitting the country and Midwest

SIOUX CITY (KTIV)-  Medical professionals say the country is seeing elevated cases of the flu, and Iowa is no exception.

Doctors at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s say they are taking precautionary measures after last year’s severe flu strain.

They say flu season typically peaks around January and February. So far this year, nationally seven children have died from the flu.

They say it’s important to vaccinate.

“The CDC usually tells us to get everybody vaccinated by the end of October. That’s their regular advice, but they say the flu activity actually continues until the end of May and in some states even longer,” said Dr. Ashlesha Kaushik, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist. “So, whenever a provider sees that there is an unvaccinated patient, they should go ahead and offer the flu vaccine. It’s never too late to get the flu vaccine. Just get it.”

Doctors say last year’s flu strain behaved similarly to this year’s.

The latest information on the flu season can be found on the CDC’s website.

The latest report on the flu season in Iowa can be found here.

Ashly Richardson

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