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It's not too late to get a flu shot

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Flu season is in full swing, and the number of cases is classified as widespread in Indiana and Kentucky. 

Even though it's late in the season, health officials say it's still not too late to get a flu shot.

Christina Gehring, with St. Mary's Westside Connection, says Indiana is on the Centers for Disease Control's list of states facing the widespread flu outbreak. Now, it's up to Hoosiers themselves to change that.

Gehring says they've been seeing four to five cases of the flu every day for the past two weeks in Evansville. Gehring says there have been several cases of the flu creating bronchitis and pneumonia.

Flu vaccines are still available at your doctor's office or any pharmacy. Gehring tells 14 News that the vast majority of those who are coming in with the flu, are those who have chosen not to get a flu shot.

"It does take two weeks for the flu shot to become effective. In the flu season, we still see this through March and April. It's imperative that you can go ahead and get it. It's not too late. You will not develop the flu from the flu vaccine," she says.

We're told the recent flu outbreak is likely due to people gathering for the holidays. Gehring says it is possible to still get the flu, if you're vaccinated, but those cases are extremely rare.

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