8 more flu deaths reported in Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Health says eight more Iowans have died from the flu.

The additional reported deaths means there have been 14 influenza-related deaths since Oct. 1, 2017.

A man over the age of 81 died in eastern Iowa. Five of the deaths happened in central Iowa, and included two women 61 to 80 years of age, two women over the age of 81 and one man over the age of 81. Two women over the age of 81 died in southwest Iowa.

The average age of Iowans who died because of the flu is 85.

The predominant flu strain this season is AH3N2, which typically causes serious illnesses, hospitalizations and even death, particularly for those who are very young or old and those with weakened immune systems.

Health officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot, as the flu season will continue for months.

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