Lingering Flu Season


Health officials have already determined this flu season to be mild, but before you breathe a sigh of relief, the season isn’t over yet. Hoosiers are still getting sick. The CDC still considers us in season, and it’s not too late to protect yourself.

Now that spring has sprung, it’s beginning to feel like we’ve escaped flu season, but don’t let your guard down just yet.

“We most likely have seen the peek of flu season, right around the beginning of March, but that does not mean that the flu is over,” says Vigo County Health Educator, Christina Keller. “Unfortunately, there’s still plenty of people getting the flu.”

There have been 49 deaths associated with influenza–just in Indiana–so far in this flu season. But Keller says it’s not too late to get the vaccine.

“If you are still concerned, and you haven’t had your flu shot at the beginning of the season, we do still recommend getting it. Especially for those who are high risk,” says Keller.

According to Pharmacist Devin Ice, the current flu shot had about a 50/50 effectiveness rate. Which he says is pretty good.

“For something that’s changing all the time, it’s really hard to get the exact answer of what we need, and if we can prevent half of the people of the world from getting the flu just by taking a shot, I think that’s–that’s great,” Ice says.

Ice and Milburn Pharmacy are sold out on this year’s flu shots. They’re busy preparing for the 2017-2018 season.

“Right now we’re putting in the order for the flu shot for this upcoming flu season, which you know is going to start in October. So we kinda have to figure out how many flu shots we think we’re going to give, and get totally, and just put in our order in bulk,” says Ice.

With or without a shot, Keller says taking every day preventable actions are just as important as getting a flu shot. It comes down to the three C’s.

1) Contain–
“We want to make sure that we are containing the flu, so if we are sick, we’re staying home. We’re staying out of the office,” says Keller.

2) Cover–
“And then of course covering our coughs and sneezes,” says Keller.

3) Clean–
“Washing your hands is one of the best way to really prevent all types of illnesses. Especially the flu, which is very easily spread via hands,” says Keller.

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