Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat, chest, and lungs. The flu may cause mild to severe illness, and may even lead to death. In the very young, the elderly, and those with other serious medical conditions, infection can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released the following Influenza General Public Fact Sheet. Please click on the link below for more information regarding symptoms, warning signs, infectious period/spreading influenza, how to prevent the flu, vaccination, and antiviral medications.