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Iowa Reports First Flu-Related Deaths This Season

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Iowa has reported the first flu-related deaths this season.

The state Department of Public Health has reported that two people have died from the flu. These are the first flu-related deaths reported in the state this year.

The two women were from the central and northwestern parts of the state. Both women were over the age of 60 and had underlying health conditions.

Caitlin Pedati, the medical director for the state Department of Public Health, said flu activity in the state is increasing.

"We went from sporadic up to local spread, which tells us that the flu activity is increasing, and it's circulating in our communities," she said.

Pedati said everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot.

"This would be a great time, if you haven't already, to make sure that you take advantage of the flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones going forward," she said.

Flu symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.