IN health officials report first flu-related death of the season

Flu season hits Indiana hard 19 related deaths

First Indiana flu-related death of the season reported by health department

"I and many others have been saying for over 20 years that you can't get the flu from the flu vaccine". Here are some facts and clarifications on common misconceptions about the vaccine.

Furthermore, the illness itself is highly variable and as a result, vaccines must be matched to specific virus strains circulating each flu season.

For decades, researchers have been trying to find a universal vaccine for the flu - which is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States alone.

"No, doc. When I was younger I would get it and always get sick, so now - at my age - I think I will pass on it this year and take my chances". She encourages everyone to get a flu shot, especially with the increase in influenza activity during this time of the year.

Severe flu virus can be suspected most of the time in the current weather and people should rush to the specialists instead of an ordinary physician, Influenza complication can really hurt and creating more serious situation for the patient if not cured.

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"Influenza is high fever, headaches, dry cough, sore muscles and it can lead to problems like pneumonia and other various life threatening conditions", Belcher said. Remarkably, the rodents were protected against various influenza viruses, including type A and type B influenza which are known to infect humans the most. The flu shot will only be available while supplies last. "It can take up to two weeks for the flu shot to take effect", says Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department.

Medical officials say getting the vaccine not only helps keep you from getting the virus but also helps stop it from spreading. One of the most promising candidates for a universal flu vaccine was recently described in the journal Science - and it's based on antibodies produced by South America's camel, the llama.

If these preclinical findings translate into humans, the approach may be a powerful tool to fight flu in vulnerable populations now not covered by traditional vaccination.

People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick.

Grocery stores, pharmacies as well as doctor's offices and hospitals offer flu shots.

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