INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 31, 2014) – The latest report from the State Department of Health shows 30 people across Indiana have died from flu-related causes.
St. Joseph and Marion counties have both reached six flu deaths. The department doesn’t specify flu death totals for a county unless it reaches five deaths.
Of the deaths so far this flu season, nine have been people ages 25-49, ten have come in the 50-64 range and 11 have been in the 65+ range.
Health officials said the predominant strain for this flu season is the H1N1 virus, and said there’s still time to get a flu vaccine. The department recommends that anyone six months or older get vaccinated. High-risk Hoosiers like pregnant women, children, people with chronic illnesses and the elderly are highly encouraged to get a flu shot.
The flu vaccine is available at your health care provider office, your local pharmacy or your county health department. A flu vaccine locator tool can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.StateHealth.in.gov.
The flu vaccine will protect you from the flu, but it can’t give you the flu. The most common side effects are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Rarely, you may have a headache, muscle aches or low-grade fever.
Practice the “Three Cs” to help prevent spread of flu and other infectious diseases:
- Clean: Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.
- Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm or a disposable tissue.
- Contain: Stay home from school/work when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.
Contact a health care provider if you experience the following influenza symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated:
- Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat