Health Department: It's not too late to get the flu shot

Quinlisk says now is a good time to be vaccinated, before the holiday season begins.

It prevents the flu in about 60 per cent of healthy people when the strains of viruses it contains correspond to the strains circulating.

Dr. Quinlisk says the flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Dubois County Health Department recommend getting a flu vaccine annually.

"The good news is, the virus that they're seeing is one that's included in the seasonal vaccine this year", Glashower said. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from flu.

People who are sick should stay home from work or school so they don't spread the flu to others.

If you are 65 years or older, two vaccine formulations are available that provide extra protection for those with aging immune systems.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual previous year, with activity picking up at the end of October.

The cheaper vaccine was used, despite a stronger - but more expensive - dose being found to be more effective, especially amongst the elderly. Relatives of people with these conditions are also encouraged to get the flu shot, as are health workers.

Jalbert advised that the flu is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications and hospitalization for vulnerable people.

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