The Iowa Department of Public Information released the information Friday morning. They were all over 60 and had underlying medical conditions, she said. The review included people over the age of 65, McDowell said. "So we saw an nearly doubling in numbers just in the last week".
Dr. Michael Chen, a physician at The Portland Clinic in Tigard, tells FOX 12 more people are sick and have gotten the virus earlier than in years past.
"These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and over", Fitzgerald said. "The vaccine effectiveness is generally less for H3N2, than it is for when influenza is H1N1 or influenza B".
"It's something we don't fully understand", said Strang.
Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. There are antiviral medicines that can lessen the impact and duration of the flu.
The state is also reporting a number of influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities, with 49 outbreaks reported this season. "This medication works best if started within two days of onset of symptoms".
Wash your hands frequently, and disinfect surfaces that may have become contaminated whenever possible. Perkins advises those individuals to take special precautions. People who are sick should stay home for at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved to protect others and prevent spreading the disease. And 20 children have died from the flu so far this season.
Influenza has been reported in all eight counties in CT.
According to the DOH, flu activity is considered "widespread" in the state, with flu activity increasing through all regions.as of January 6, 18 deaths were considered "influenza-associated".
The infection could also lead to pneumonia and other complications, which is specific to Aussie flu, said pharmacist and Jakemans expert Marvin Munzu.
The county's death total continues to rise, with 11 deaths reported this week by public health officials.
Even though we're at the peak, we likely have 11 to 13 more weeks left in the flu season.