The influenza virus is now circulating among every age group and in different parts of the state, according to Iowa Department of Public Health officials.

Iowans older than six months of age are urged to get a flu vaccine to protect against influenza, historically one of the most deadly illnesses to impact humans. The vaccine is now widely available and in plentiful supply.

“Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, those around you, and your family and friends from getting the flu,” Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said. “We typically begin seeing flu cases in October, and because surveillance shows the virus is already circulating in the state, it’s clear Iowans need to be vaccinated now to ensure that they don’t get the flu this year,” said Quinlisk, medical director of the state’s health department.

The Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network — monitored year-round — shows public health officials what types of influenza virus are circulating and where the cases are located.

For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine, visit idph.state.ia.us, and click on the flu vaccine spotlight item.