Widespread flu levels now in both Iowa, Illinois

December 30, 2014 12:08 AM

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An inexact match between this year's influenza vaccine and the most common strain of influenza virus actually seen in doctors' offices is one explanation for what is now defined as "widespread" seasonal flu activity in Iowa as well as Illinois.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Monday that its surveillance program is showing an increase in cases and related hospitalizations. Some 130 hospitalizations have been recorded, mostly among patients 64 years and older.

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