October marks the start of flu season in Indiana. State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin is recommending everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated. He says the H1N1 virus is no longer considered a pandemic health issue, but says that could change. Larkin says it’s important to get vaccinated to prevent another H1N1 scare.
This year’s flu vaccine does contain the H1N1 flu strain along with two other strains of the virus. Respiratory epidemiologist Shawn Richards says there’s also a new strain this year that is expected to be an issue.
Richards says the peak time for infection in Indiana usually occurs in January or February.