INDIANA (WLFI) - Almost two dozen Hoosiers have died from the recent influenza outbreak, which is being called an epidemic and is spreading across the nation. Two of the 21 dead in Indiana have been under the age of 18.
Although there are no reported vaccine shortages, Indiana officials say it may be more difficult to find the vaccine now because of the high demand. To find a place with flu vaccine near you, head to this locator or contact your local health department, pharmacy or health care provider.
The 2012-2013 season's vaccine offers protection against the three most common strains of influenza: H3N2, H1N1 and Influenza B. The first strain we mentioned appears to be the most common or dominant so far this season.
It is, of course, highly recommended to get vaccinated against the flu if you're 6 months or older. It's particularly essential for those who have a higher risk of getting complications related to the flu. High-risk people include pregnant women, young children, individuals with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems, and the elderly.
Here are other tips to guard against the flu:
• Clean. Wash your hands often, with warm, soapy water.
• Cover. Cover up your cough or sneeze with the crook of your arm or a disposable tissue.
• Contain. If you're sick, don't push yourself to go in to school or work. Stay home to keep your germs from spreading.
Health officials urge you to go to the doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms, whether or not you've been vaccinated:
• Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
• Muscle aches
• Sore throat
Head to the State Department of Health website for more information.
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