Indiana Department of Health urging everyone to get their flu shots

Indiana Department of Health urging everyone to get their flu shots

Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu.

It's flu season and with one death reported early on in Riverside County, officials are urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated. "As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu" said Dr. Peter Hasler, Santa Barbara County Deputy Health Officer.

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

Adult hepatitis A vaccines are also available for people 19 years old and older.

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In the case of those without a history of heart attack, stroke or heart disease, recent studies have shown that regular flu vaccinations decrease the likelihood of future cardiac events.

The flu clinic will take place on Saturday, December 8 and you can receive your flu shot from 9 AM - 12 PM (while supplies last) at our Public Health Nursing Office located at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield (in the white portable behind the Senior Center).

Need help finding a place to get a flu shot? "They have to change the flu vaccine every year because the virus mutates". This method is not recommended for heart disease patients or anyone with an elevated risk and is not widely used today. "Therefore, the effectiveness of influenza vaccination to prevent ICU admissions or death among the total people in hospital for influenza was of 23%, and in particular, 44 % for the group of people aged 65" or more. So, it's never too late to get vaccinated. High-risk individuals include pregnant women, young children (especially those too young to get vaccinated), people with chronic illnesses, people who are immunocompromised and the elderly.

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