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Flu Hitting One Age Group Hard

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--This year's flu season is hitting younger people harder than most.

More than half of flu deaths this winter have been in adults under 64 years old.

According to federal health officials, more than 60 percent of those hospitalized for symptoms have been in that age range.

Compare that to only 35 percent last year. Most people try to make staying healthy a life style.

They eat right and exercise, but doing something as simple as getting a flu shot is a different story.

"No one can really give you a straight answer as to what's being put in your body so I don't want it, Melisa said Armstrong.

Armstrong says it's been ten years since she last got the shot.

"I think it's all in what you eat. Honestly I've tried eating better within the last year and I've noticed I haven't gotten sick, she said.

She's part of the lucky few though.

The centers for disease control and prevention says this flu season has been particularly hard on younger and middle-aged adults.

"I'm really not surprised by that. Just by that fact that those people worry about the other individuals in their live -the older and the younger- but not themselves, said Hy-Vee Pharmacy Manager, Cindy Quaas.

The circulating strain is the h1n1 virus and the Iowa Department of Public Health shows there's been a total of 584 cases so far this season.

"It's the same strain that we had in 2009 and so we do have vaccine that will work against influenza H1N1, Linn County Public Health Nurse, Heather Meador.

Its protection some say they'll continue to get

"To get the flu shot for me is insurance that I'm not going to get the flu and that's worth it, said Linda Reichert who always gets the flu shot.

There has been one flu-related death in Iowa. That person was under 18 years old.

The CDC and the health department both say there is still plenty of time to get the flu shot.
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