Officials at the Indiana Department of Health are advising Hoosiers to start getting their seasonal flu shots. Joan Duwve, Medical Director for Public Health and Preparedness with the state Health Agency says that the CDC recommends people receive the flu vaccine “as soon as its available, or at least by early September…if your physician or primary care provider offers the vaccine, now is the time to get it,” she says.
This year’s flu shot includes the H1N1 virus that circulated last year, requiring additional shots. Duwve says additional shots won’t be needed this year, unless a child six months to eight years old didn’t get all the required shots last year. She says another change is in recommendations about just who should get the seasonal flu vaccination.
vaccinated. While previously the CDC only recommended only certain populations receive the vaccine, they are now recommending that everyone over six months of age receive the shot.
Last year, 37% of Hoosiers who were surveyed said they got a flu shot. Duwve says the health department is continuing its annual advice for people to cover their coughs, wash their hands frequently and stay home when they are sick.