MASON CITY, Iowa - According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, an elderly man in Central Iowa has died from the flu, marking the first reported flu death in the state this season.
Now, health officials are urging Iowans to get vaccinated.
In Mason City, the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health hosted a free flu shot clinic at the Community Kitchen of North Iowa.
The purpose of offering the shots at the kitchen is to ensure those who may not have insurance or the money to get a shot have easy access to the vaccine.
Infectious disease nurse Jennifer Stiles says many people are being proactive this year, but holding the clinics makes getting vaccinated even more convenient.
"I think it's nice you know to be able to go out into the community and give out the flu vaccines. A lot of people don't have the transportation or the hours that we are in the office don’t work out for them, so I think this works out great."
The next flu clinic will be held on November 18th at the county health department office from 9 am to noon.
Those vaccinations will not be offered for free, but there are several bill pay options available.