Iowa flu deaths increase

The Iowa Department of Public Health says four new influenza-related deaths were reported last week.  That brings the total to six flu deaths statewide since October.  the average age of the influenza-related deaths is 86.  the health department says three people had underlying health conditions or other contributing factors.  Doctors in Iowa are not required to notify the health department each time a flu case is diagnosed, but influenza-related deaths are reported.

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