Officials urge Hoosiers to get the flu shot

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

"This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and it's the flawless time to get a flu shot if you haven't already done so", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG.

Flu season is upon Mississippians, and state health officials are advising people to get a flu shot to help prevent the illness.

Kris Box says although influenza activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death.

There have been five flu-related pediatric deaths across the nation so far.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. One of the most effective safeguards is a flu shot. "Anyone can get the flu, including healthy individuals, and getting the flu vaccine is the easiest and safest way to protect yourself, your friends and your family this season". Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. "It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be fully effective, so plan ahead and get your flu shot today".

Adults who are under-insured or un-insured and who meet certain high-risk criteria qualify for a flu vaccine at MSDH county health department clinics.

On November 23, 2018, a prospective cohort study of 8,827 Australians "FluMum", published in Clinical Infectious Disease, found that regardless of the trimester, women who received an IIV influenza vaccine did not report adverse birth outcomes, when compared with unvaccinated mothers. "Perhaps, more importantly in some settings, is the fact that the more people who get vaccinated, the less flu spreads around", added Dr. Rehm.

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