State health officials today reported the first flu deaths of the 2013-14 flu season. State Health Commissioner, William VanNess, M.D., says influenza is now widespread across Indiana.
"Flu activity is increasing around the state," said Dr. William VanNess. "The recent deaths remind us that influenza can be very serious and even deadly. I encourage all Hoosiers to become vaccinated from flu to protect themselves, their families and the community."
Flu vaccination is recommended for anyone six months of age or older.
It is especially important for those at higher risk of complications related to the flu to get vaccinated. High risk individuals include pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly.
A flu vaccine locator can be found at www.StateHealth.in.gov
Flu vaccine can usually be found at local health departments, pharmacies and with health care providers.
The State Health Commissioner also reminds Hoosiers to practice the "Three C's" to help prevent the spread of flue and other infectious diseases:
- Clean your hands often with soap and warm water
- Cover your cough and sneeze using your sleeve or a tissue
- Contain your illness by staying home when you are sick