Flu On The Rise In Tri

A Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report Prepared by the Influenza Division courtesy of the CDC

A Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report Prepared by the Influenza Division courtesy of the CDC

Flus are not your run-of-the-mill colds, although the two share similar symptoms.

We all know the telltale symptoms of the flu - the fever, headache, nausea and fatigue. In short, prevention is always better than cure; the best defense against the flu is to get an annual flu shot.

The flu season typically lasts from October through May, but officials say there's been an increase in cases earlier than normal and the uptick is expected to continue for several months.

The Centers for Disease Control on Friday said that IN and Kentucky are among 23 states which have been hit hard by the flu this season.

People most at risk for serious complications are young children, the elderly and pregnant women. "The Department for Public Health is strongly urging anyone who hasn't received a flu vaccine, particularly children six months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers about getting the vaccine".

Fact: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu. So if you get the "stomach bug", that doesn't necessarily mean your vaccine was ineffective.

Aside from the vaccine, it always is a good idea to wash hands frequently, cover coughs and stay away from anyone who might be sick during flu season.


Yet there are those who may argue that they are perfectly healthy and do not require such measures to protect their health.

Myth: You can get sick from the flu shot.
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According to a recent survey by CityMD, over half of millenials did not plan to get a vaccine during last year's flu season. The good news here is you can still benefit from the flu shot, and possibly have less severe symptoms and overall case even if you do contract a different strain of the flu given the immunisation protections gotten through the shot.

Myth: There's no point in getting a flu shot if it's later in the flu season.
. The effectiveness of the vaccine varies each season as the strain of the virus adapts and adjusts to its environment, but generally the vaccine is about 40 to 60 percent effective in protecting the population from the flu. While getting a yearly vaccine may seem like a time-consuming con for some, flu viruses evolve and change every year, thus making the yearly shot your best chance at eluding the new strains of flu virus in the next season.

Myth: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot.
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Concern that there's a link between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the vaccine preservative thimerosal has prevented some parents from getting their children vaccinated.

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