|Prepare for flu season|
|Written by Submitted|
|Sunday, December 16, 2012 3:32 PM|
Wintertime is here and
healthwise that means one thing: Flu season. State health officials are
urging Hoosiers to be prepared and take preventative steps as influenza
or the “flu” can be dangerous.
“Getting the flu vaccine is the best
way to avoid the flu,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin,
M.D. The vaccine also comes in a nasal spray for people who do not like
shots. Individuals should also practice frequent, thorough hand washing
and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth without washing their hands
The flu is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is
spread by respiratory droplets from close contact with infected persons
or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Infection can occur
when influenza viruses contact the eyes, mouth or nose and possibly
through inhaling droplets from a sneeze or cough.
is having normal flu activity, but the Indiana State Department of
Health is expecting to see an increase in flu cases as the season
Symptoms of the flu include fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or greater, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches and sore throat.
risk individuals include pregnant women, young children (especially
those too young to get vaccinated), people with chronic illnesses and/or
compromised immune systems and the elderly.
“It’s not too late to
get vaccinated,” said Dr. Larkin. “The best time is now, but Hoosiers
can still get vaccinated through the winter months.”
For more information on influenza and the seasonal flu vaccine, visit http://www.in.gov/isdh/25462.htm.