Officials urge Hoosiers to get the flu shot

Lynette PayneDec 06, 2018

In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding all North Dakotans of the importance of receiving the flu vaccine before the holidays. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu.

The state of IN has already recorded two flu-related deaths this season. "As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu" said Dr. Peter Hasler, Santa Barbara County Deputy Health Officer. "That is why the flu shot is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, regardless of whether they are healthy or have risks".

No appointments are needed to get a flu shot during these events, and shots will be provided to anyone aged six months or older who wishes to receive one.

"The flu shot takes one to two weeks to produce immunity, and flu season usually peaks in January through March in MS", said MSDH Interim State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

"Getting influenza vaccine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against influenza". Cover your cough and sneeze, avoid people experiencing flu symptoms, stay home when you feel sick and wash your hands often.

Flu Shot

This year the health department has Fluzone High Dose quadrivalent flu vaccine for persons 65 years of age and older.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue.

Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu.

Getting vaccinated is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.

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