OMAHA (KPTM)- The Center for Disease Control is urging people to get flu shots. A number of states, including Iowa are reporting seasonal flu activity increases.
New York, Alabama and Texas are reporting the most widespread activity. Five deaths have been reported in Texas during the latest surge.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says school absentees due to the flu are up and the number of flu hospitalizations in the Hawkeye State increased from six to eleven in the past week.
"The flu is in town. It is steadily growing. We had 63 new cases this week. That's up from 57 last week," said Phil Rooney, spokesperson for the Douglas County Health Department.
"We have definitely seen an increase in flu vaccines in the past two to three days," said Dr. Marty Feltner of Kohll's Pharmacy.
Both Kohll's and the Douglas County Department of Health say the best way to prevent the flu is getting a flu shot.
"The flu shot will not give anyone the flu. That's a myth. It will take two weeks for it to take affect. So if anyone gets the flu immediately after getting a flu shot, it's just bad timing. It would mean the virus was already in the person when the shot was given," said Rooney.
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