There is Still Time to Get a Flu Vaccine

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season

Helping Patients Prepare for Flu Season Dec 6 2018 | Blog Health & Wellness

"This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and it's the ideal time to get a flu shot if you haven't already done so", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications.

IN has already recorded two flu-related deaths this season. The flu season typically starts in October and can last as late as May. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

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Flu shots for insured adults are now widely available through private physicians, pharmacies and retailers.

"The person takes about two weeks to develop immunity after getting the vaccine", said Via Christi Director of Infection Prevention, Dr. Maggie Hagan.

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"The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu", Commissioner of DPH Jeff Howard, M.D. Studies have also shown that if someone gets sick while vaccinated, they have less severe illness, reduce their risk of being hospitalized, and spend fewer days in the hospital when they are hospitalized. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.

Getting vaccinated is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.

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Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. Most people recover from the flu without complications, but nationwide there are up to 200,000 hospitalizations from flu each year.

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