Flu Season is Coming, Are You Ready?

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New Wednesday, the CDC released information that the 2016 flu vaccine was 32% effective for string a, which is actually, a really good outcome. 
    
The flu is made up of various strands of the virus and, another round of the flu is about to descend. 

If you stop and think for a moment, you probably know one to three people who have a cough, head congestion, or are just plain under the weather. 

We’re finally starting to see those cold Wabash Valley temps and with it, comes the prime breeding grounds for the flu virus.     

“We’re just starting the flu season,” says Kelly Wood, RN, public health nurse. “We’d like to have everybody get their flu shots by now to help curb that.” 

This national map, created by the CDC, tracks the flu across America. 

As the weeks progress, Illinois is the first in our area to see local activity followed directly by Indiana the next week. 

A few more weeks pass, and for now, the flu seems to just be widespread. 

“Between now and March and April will be the prime flu season,” says Wood.

The Indiana State Department of Health reports that flu activity is minimal, with only 2 reported deaths caused by Influenza.

The Illinois Department of Health reports one death related to the flu. 

“It’s really just getting back to the basics of good hygiene, good hand washing,” says Wood.  

On Rebecca Brumfield WTWO (Facebook page) we created a poll to ask you at home how you’re feeling.

So far 43% of you say you’re going downhill,  but the remaining 57% say you’re doing just fine. 

“It is coming so, we hope it’s going to be a good year, but it’s just like any other illness,” says Wood. “It is a virus, and so you know, it can come it waves.”

The Sullivan Health Department is open Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm. 

They are taking appointments now for anyone who still needs a flu vaccine.

Another good tip? 

Stay out of tight groups.

Now that the holiday’s are over, it’s easier to control the environment you’re in to protect yourself from contracting the flu.

Kelly Wood tells WTWO that the CDC estimates the 2017 flu vaccine will be 32% effective, just like 2016, which is better than first estimates, which came in much lower. 

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