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3 more H1N1-related deaths in Iowa

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting three more deaths from H1N1 complications.  The victims are identified as two adults in Polk County and one adult in Woodbury County.  The IDPS said two of the three had known risk factors for complications.

"Surveillance continues to show an increase in adult illness," said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "With H1N1 vaccine continuing to be allocated to states on a staggered basis, many adults are not yet in the priority group targeted for vaccination. However, in the coming weeks we expect more vaccine to become available in Iowa. Thus, the groups being vaccinated will continue to expand to include adults with medical conditions that put them at high risk for complications and death. Meanwhile, it's important for all Iowans to continue to take personal action to prevent the spread of illness."

These steps include cleaning your hands frequently; covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve; and containing germs by staying home when ill.

Symptoms of H1N1 influenza are similar to seasonal influenza and include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people with H1N1 flu also have diarrhea and vomiting.

To date, Iowa has reported 14 confirmed H1N1 deaths in Iowa, including 13 adults and one child. For more information about H1N1 influenza, click here. Iowans with questions about H1N1 may also call the toll-free Influenza Hotline at 1-800-447-1985.

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