INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is encouraging anyone who hasn’t already gotten a flu shot to do so immediately. Although influenza activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death. Indiana has recorded two flu-related deaths this season.
Getting a flu vaccine can reduce illnesses, doctor visits, hospitalizations, and missed work or school. Antibodies that provide protection develop in the body about two weeks after the vaccination is administered.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive a flu vaccine each year. Infants younger than six months cannot be vaccinated, making it important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives get a flu shot to protect the child. Healthcare workers also are urged to be vaccinated to reduce the risk of transmitting illness to patients.
Click here to read more about the ISDH’s flu shot recommendations.