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Health officials encourage most everyone to get a flu vaccine, which is readily available. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

Flu season in full force


Vaccinations available, encouraged


January 16, 2013 | 11:58 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's still too early to determine the severity of the flu outbreak of 2013. That said, health officials still urge people to get their flu vaccination.

"When someone asks if I should still get it, I say, 'Yes, yes and yes'," Jeanine Fonda, nursing administrator for the Harrison County Health Dept., said. "We don't promise that someone absolutely, 100 percent, won't get the flu, but it covers three strands of the flu and, if someone gets one of the other types, it could reduce the time they are sick from two or three weeks down to three or four days. Nothing is 100 percent effective, but this is the next closest thing."

In Indiana, according to the CDC, 58.2 percent of those tested this flu season have tested positive for the flu. Statewide stats show the number of flu cases reached its first spike of the flu season in the final week of December and the first week of January. It's the earliest spike in the flu season since the H1N1 pandemic of 2009-10. The highest number of flu cases are Influenza A/H3 (86 percent) and Influenza B (4.7 percent), which this year's vaccine covers.

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Have you had a flu shot this season?
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The number of flu-related deaths in Indiana reached 21 as of Monday, a number Fonda says is disheartening because the flu is so preventable. Health officials say two of the deaths were individuals younger than 18 years of age. Several deaths have been reported in other states, including South Carolina (22), Illinois (six) and Massachusetts (18). Two weeks ago, a man from Campbell County, Ky., died as a result of the flu for that state's only flu-related death to date.

No official shortages of the influenza vaccine have been reported, state health officials say. Locally, it appears as though there is plenty of vaccine available.

This year's vaccine offers protection against the three most common strains of influenza: H3N2, H1N1 and Influenza B. The H3N2 strain appears to be predominant thus far in the season.

Vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 months of age or older. It is especially important for those at higher risk of complications related to the flu — pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/ or compromised immune systems and the elderly — to get vaccinated.

Flu vaccines are offered in most doctor's offices in the county.

Also, the Harrison County Health Dept. recently received a shipment of 200 vaccinations for all ages. Each dose is $15; an appointment must be scheduled by calling 738-3237, ext. 1017. Health department hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (appointments are between 8:15 and 4).

According to flu.gov, the federal government website managed by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, four local businesses also offer the flu vaccine.

Butt Drugs in Corydon had 60 to 70 doses available as of yesterday (Tuesday) for people ages 18 and older. Most health insurance companies will cover the cost of the vaccine; however, for those without insurance, the cost is $35.

CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens, both also in Corydon, also had the vaccine available for $31.99 for those who do not have insurance.

Rite Aid in New Salisbury, which received a shipment yesterday, said the cost is $29.99 for those who do not have insurance.

Those who get the flu shot should remember that, even though they've been vaccinated, it doesn't take effect for two weeks. That means it's important to take necessary to protect against catching the flu. Here are three simple steps to help:

Clean — Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water. Also, do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth).

Cover — Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm or a disposable tissue.

Contain — Stay home when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.

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    January 17, 2013 | 01:12 PM

    You better read the inserts of all meds/drugs that you take to know what could happen if taken these injections (Guillian-Barre Syndrome,Dystonia)...just don't take someones word for it...especially if they are getting paid for you to get it.

    Research what Bill Gates has to say about the flu shot/vaccines...

    FYI
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    January 17, 2013 | 04:16 PM

    Wonder what Bill Gates has to say to the families of the 21 people who have died in Indiana from the flu?

    Hmmm
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    January 18, 2013 | 02:24 PM

    He would probably say "Good we could hire 2 more teachers..." Oh you had not seen that clip yet...

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    January 23, 2013 | 10:15 AM

    Well, go ahead and skip all the vaccines you want, FYI. But don't whine when its you or your child who gets sick and dies. In the meantime, please keep your infected self home and away from the general public. It's people like you who make the rest of us ill.


    J. borden
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    To J. Borden:
    January 23, 2013 | 10:33 AM

    Bawahahahaha!

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    January 23, 2013 | 10:35 AM

    If you had the vaccine then how would you become ill from someone not vaccinated...oh do tell?

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