Rapid Increase of Flu Activity in Iowa

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The number of Iowa schools kids missing school because of illness has doubled over the last week, with the flu being the most likely culprit. In the past week, schools in nearly 20 counties have reported 10 percent or more of students out with confirmed flu cases or flu-like illness symptoms. State health officials are urging Iowans to take proactive steps to limit the spread of influenza and to protect their friends and family.

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"Our flu surveillance data shows us that influenza is widespread in Iowa, but it seems to be hitting a higher-than-normal number of school-aged children," said Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, Iowa state epidemiologist. Besides schools, health officials also check weekly with hospitals, health clinics, and long-term care facilities to monitor flu activity.

Public health experts have two key steps for Iowans to take during this time of rapid flu spread.

If you or your school-aged child haven

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