Doctors hope updated flu vaccine will keep outbreaks down this winter

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 17, 2015) – After the worst flu season in more than a decade, local doctors hope changes to the influenza vaccine will keep outbreaks to a minimum this winter.

“The flu is high fevers, terrible cough, muscle aches, cramping-- you feel terrible from head to toe,” said Dr. Michael McKenna of Riley Hospital for Children.

Each year, thousands of Hoosiers are diagnosed with influenza and last year was the worst flu season in more than ten years.

“There were a lot of people that had the flu last year and after last winter’s misery. Doctors are now offering a new immunization to protect against the strain that mutated and caused millions of people to get sick,” said Dr. McKenna.

The flu changes every year, and after last winter’s misery, doctors are now offering a new immunization to protect against the strain that mutated and caused millions of people to get sick.

“It is very important for everyone to get a flu shot each year because the virus is changing all of the time,” said Dr. McKenna.

The flu can also spread very fast and you can feel the effects within 24 hours after you catch the virus.

“That is how influenza makes it’s living, it passes on very quickly,” said Dr. McKenna.

If you are worried about getting sick from your flu shot, doctors say that is just a rumor.

“You will not get sick if you get the flu shot. The flu vaccination contains a dead virus,” explained Dr. McKenna.