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State Health Department: Get Flu Shot Before Peak Season

Last flu season there were 146 influenza-related deaths statewide, according to the ISDH. That was the highest in more than a decade.

State health officials are urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots before peak flu season starts in January. According to reports from the Indiana State Department of Health, 103 people died from influenza between October 2016 and May of this year.

State Department of Health Respiratory Epidemiologist Sara Hallyburton says that number is up from the previous year.

“It changes year-to-year the severity of the flu season, and there’s a lot of factors,” Hallyburton says.

According to the Indiana State Health Department’s Weekly Influenza Report, 64 Indiana residents experienced influenza-like illnesses during the second week of November.

Health officials say anyone over six months old should get a flu shot every year to increase their chances of preventing the flu. Hallyburton says people should take additional precautions.

“Also following the three C’s, I really try to drill that,” she says. “They mean clean, cover, and contain,”

Flu shots are encouraged year round, but Hallyburton says they take at least two weeks to become effective.

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