Flu Vaccinations Reach Average Numbers in Bloomington

The worst part of the flu season is expected later this year.

Health officials say there are very few cases of influenza right now. But a nurse practitioner of the Bloomington IU Health center says the worse part of the flu season has yet to come.

Though the flu shot numbers right now are average compared to last year’s numbers, an increase is expected. Health officials like Lori Terrell, of the Southern Indiana Pediatrics center encourage people to get the flu vaccination to protect themselves against the virus.

“Every year people need to get flu shots because the strain of the typical influenza virus changes over time, and so every year the vaccine that is given has a slightly different coverage for a strain for the virus,” Terrell says.

This center alone expects to give at least 10,000 shots before the end of the flu season which ends in April.

“As of today we have given about 7,600 doses of flu products between the four locations,” Terrell says.

Health officials say the worst flu months are in January and February.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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