Three Strains of Flu Found in Iowa

VNA member of 13 years, Mary Knight, of Solon fills up syringes during a flu vaccination clinic at Wickham Elementary School in Coralville on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The clinics are widely available and The Visiting Nurses Association, accepts Medicare, Blue Cross, and other insurance and also provides vaccinations for children without a doctor's order. (Kyle Grillot/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Adam Carros

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Iowa health officials warn three strains of the flu virus have now been found in the state.

The three strains include the H1N1 virus known as swine flu, the H3N2 strains of seasonal flu and influenza B. The current flu shot protects against all three strains, but without it, an Iowan could get the flu three times this winter.

“We estimate an average of 300,000 Iowans get the flu every year and together, flu and its complication of pneumonia are among the top 10 causes of death in Iowa," said IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "The most effective way to prevent influenza illness and death is the yearly flu vaccine.”

Despite the three strains, flu activity in Iowa remains at relatively low levels for this time of year.
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