Iowa reports first flu-related death of 2017-18 season

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The flu shots are free.

Seasonal influenza vaccine is created to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual previous year, with activity picking up at the end of October.

The Iowa Public Health Department says the man died this month and was 81 or older.

Children ages 6 months through 18 years can receive a seasonal flu vaccine at no cost through the Vaccines for Children program, although healthcare providers may charge an administration fee.


"No matter what other steps you take to fight germs, the best way to fight the flu is getting your annual flu shot", Macon-Bibb County Health Department Nurse Manager Beverlyn Ming said in the release.

Most clinics in Montreal will begin offering the vaccine starting in early November.

Officials say providing the free service is a great way to encourage everyone in the community to keep themselves protected. "So it suggests the vaccine may be a good match for circulating viruses this year".

Dr. Quinlisk says the flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. Quadrivalent vaccines made to protect against four flu strains include a second influenza B virus. It's important to note that the flu vaccine does not cause flu illnesses.

The cheaper vaccine was used, despite a stronger - but more expensive - dose being found to be more effective, especially amongst the elderly.

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