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Flu activity increasing in Iowa

DES MOINES (KWWL)-- More than 56 schools in 23 counties have reported absences due to illness. Most have reported as much as 10 percent of its student body gone from school.

The Iowa Department of Public of Public Health says this is not unexpected, as the largest number of cases of H1N1 has been in people between the ages of 5 and 24. Schools are a typical place where viruses spread among students, from students to their teachers, and from students to their families.

Because the H1N1 vaccine is being allocated to states on a staggered basis and may not be immediately available to all school children, it is important for students to be watchful for the signs of influenza and take action to prevent the spread of the virus at their schools.

Public health says since the H1N1 flu is spread by person-to-person contact, it is important for students who are ill to stay home from school until their cough significantly improves and they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

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