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Flu Shots May Reduce Risk Of Meningitis and Pneumonia

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Historically, Iowa's influenza season correlates with an increase of meningitis caused by the bacteria N. meningitides. By preventing viral infections, such as influenza, it is possible to prevent secondary bacterial infections such as meningitis and pneumonia. 13 confirmed cases of N. meningitides meningitis have occurred in Northwest Iowa bringing the total number of cases for the state to 21.

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Three strains of influenza are circulating in Iowa. Thus it may be possible to get the influenza three times this year. Fortunately, influenza vaccination will provide protection to all three strains of the influenza.

Now is the time for young adults and children to receive their influenza vaccination. Vaccine is available at your doctor's office or Community Health Partners.

Call today to make an appointment to protect yourself and your family.

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