Health Officials Urge Hoosiers To Get Flu Shot

Health Officials Urge Hoosiers To Get Flu Shot

When it comes to the flu, prevention is better than treatment, and our more than 6,000 Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists stand ready to help people protect themselves from the flu this year, says Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy.

Influenza is a contagious disease caused by one of a number of related viruses.

The Indiana State Department of Health is urging anyone, who hasn't received their flu shot yet, to get one now. No appointment is necessary.

But it's frustrating that despite SOLID science showing how important vaccination is to either preventing or at least blunting the effect of influenza, so many of our otherwise smart and savvy neighbors are going into this risky time of the flu season unprotected.

Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract.

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Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. "Perhaps, more importantly in some settings, is the fact that the more people who get vaccinated, the less flu spreads around", added Dr. Rehm.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. Thats why Im proud to be partnering with Rite Aid to help raise awareness about the importance of getting your flu shot every year.

The flu vaccine will be available in injection form for people 3 years and older.

It is especially important for those who are ill to avoid coming into contact with those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, because they are more likely to have weaker immune systems. An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu.

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