According to Iowa state health officials, there were 125 influenza-related hospitalizations the week of February 4-10, which decreased from 152 hospitalizations the week before. The Fort falls in the Edmonton Zone along with other communities like Beaumont, St. Albert, Stony Plain and Spruce Grove.
The flu, caused by the influenza virus, infects the nose, the throat, and sometimes the lungs.
Could the nasty flu season in the US finally be winding down?
"This season there has been a large number of influenza outbreaks in long term care facilities with more than half of newly report outbreaks for this season have occurred in the last three weeks".
Among Capital Region counties, Albany and Rensselaer saw the number of diagnosed cases decrease last week, but Saratoga, Schoharie and Schenectady saw more people diagnosed.
With all the cold weather, people have stayed indoors, which makes them more likely to share and spread any illness. "Mid-season" speculation is a bit unfair because it can change". The deaths in the 18-to-24 group were the first in that category this season.
The CDC does say one shot is enough for most adults.
"If you have not yet been vaccinated this year, it's not too late", Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski said in a statement. "It could be an issue of convenience, it could be due to more awareness of it".
But the news was not all good, and it doesn't look like the flu season is over yet.
SHS also released a notice on January 19, warning students of rising number of flu cases in the county. Officials say this is the deadliest flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Some people - such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions - are at high risk for serious flu complications.
If your health insurance does not cover a second shot, you may have to pay out of pocket. "The other thing is you build up some immunity for subsequent years".