Flu season in Indiana off to slow start

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 30, 2015) — Last December, Indiana had the highest rate of flu since 2011, with over 500 cases reported. This year, doctors know of just 46 cases of the virus.

Indiana isn’t alone. It is just one of 44 states seeing minimal flu activity. South Carolina is the only state with high flu activity.

Although the flu is off to a slow start this year, doctors expect an increase in cases when students head back to school.

“We tend to see it pop up in late December, January and February so we expect it to come, just like taxes come every year,” said Dr. Chris Hartman of St. Francis.

Flu symptoms include headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and a temperature above 100 degrees. Doctors suggest washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of the flu.

If you have not yet gotten a flu shot, doctors say it isn’t too late, but you should get it as soon as possible. It could take up to two weeks to become effective.

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