What had been considered mild flu season has rapidly become dangerous and even fatal one, as health authorities suddenly call the attention the need to have flu shots, and to take precautionary measures.
Indiana State Department of Health authorities are encouraging the residents to get vaccinated to stave off influenza as the number of deaths that are related to the disease had increased. The number of flu-associated deaths in the state now reached 19 (two among them were kids) since October, 2015,
The majority of Indiana’s flue-related deaths this season have materialized among individuals who were unvaccinated, specifically those who are at high risk of flu-connected complications such as the elderly and those who have weak immune system. The state health officials has also witnessed a rise in flu activity like severe illnesses in long-term care facilities, schools, and correctional facilities for the past several months.
Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., who happens to be the State Health Commissioner stated, “As we see every year, the flu can have serious consequences, and we urge Hoosiers to do everything they can to protect themselves.” He added that “People should not get a false sense of security just because this year’s season has been milder so far. The flu will be around for several more months, and people who haven’t received a flu vaccine should get one to ensure they’re protected.”
Health authorities encourages everyone age between 6 months and older to have a yearly flu vaccine. People can aid avoid the spread of flu by washing their hands thoroughly and often, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and don’t go outdoors when sick.
According to the report issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seasonal influenza vaccine this year was 59% effective, which was one of the highest rates recorded by studies linked to the effectiveness of the vaccine. Flu season usually persist up until May, and healthcare givers are urged to carry on providing the vaccine to patients who are still not vaccinate all the way through the remainder of the season.
According to DC Register on its report, “Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.”
People can also contract the disease by having contact with surfaces or objects that were touched with individuals that are infected by influenza viruses and then touch their eyes, mouth or nose with their infected hands.
For more info about influenza feel free to see the flu webpage of ISDH by hitting this link:in.gov.