Health Officials Stress Importance Of Flu Shots

Phillip Cunningham
November 1, 2017

In Dubois County, the health department has administered roughly 1,400 flu vaccines, which Oeding says is on par with recent years.

The uncertainty of when the flu will strike has local health officials encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated now.

Officials say providing the free service is a great way to encourage everyone in the community to keep themselves protected.

Doren said that those five cases so far have been Influenza type A and B. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and up. Vulnerable people can also be hospitalized.

"The good news is, the virus that they're seeing is one that's included in the seasonal vaccine this year", Glashower said.

Department medical director Patricia Quinlisk says the man's death "is an unfortunate reminder the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old or those who have underlying health conditions".

The CDC recommends that people who are at high risk for serious flu complications who get flu symptoms during flu season be treated with influenza antiviral drugs as quickly as possible.

Fall brings changing leaves and pumpkins - and the beginning of flu season. As that flu season comes to an end in Australia, some experts believe it could be a sign of what's to come for the U.S. Oeding said it's too early to tell how bad this year's flu season will be, but she does know of people already diagnosed with the virus.

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