Iowa has its first confirmed flu case of the season according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
The State Hygienic Laboratory confirmed the positive test result in a Polk County child with no reported medical conditions.
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. It spreads easily from person to person and can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or complications in the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.
According to the IDPH, the influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, it's also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. The 3Cs are a common suggestion to avoid getting and spreading the flu: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.