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Medical Monday: protect yourself against the flu

"Anyone can get the flu and face serious complications, which include death", said DHD#10 Medical Director Jennifer Morse. The Center for Disease Control and its partners choose December to remind people that even though the holiday season is here, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine.

"This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and it's the ideal time to get a flu shot if you haven't already done so", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. "Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November", according to the agency. This flu vaccine was made just for senior citizens to give them better protection from the flu while covering 4 common strains of the flu virus.

Some of the symptoms of the flu include a high fever, fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, and more. Getting a flu vaccine can reduce illnesses, doctor visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

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A time set aside to encourage those who have not gotten the flu shot to get vaccinated. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. The virus can live on hard surfaces for several hours, and it can be spread from surfaces such as toys and doorknobs that an infected person has touched recently. It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year.

"Many people may be working, studying or gathering in environments where they are readily exposed to the flu virus". In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C's: clean, cover, and contain. There will be signage posted to direct anyone wanting a free flu shot to the flu clinic entrance and parking.

Providers participating in the system also submit respiratory samples for flu testing to the MSDH lab.

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