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Iowa flu hospitalizations down

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Fewer Iowans are going to the hospital this flu season.

Iowa health officials say an improved vaccine and a mild winter have cut the number of flu hospitalization cases.

The Iowa Department of Health says it has seen an 86% drop in the number of people hospitalized this flu season. As of last Friday, 14 people were hospitalized for influenza since October. Last year, 106 people were hospitalized during the period.

The health department's Meghan Harris says last year, the vaccine protected about 40% of those who received it, and it was a bad winter.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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