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Influenza Update

Posted by: Hendricks News Reports   |   Monday, January 13, 2014   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog

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clientuploads/2014/Woman_Vaccine_thnstk-78620011-WEB.pngLike many healthcare organizations, Hendricks Regional Health is currently seeing a large number of patients with influenza. Of these flu cases, a larger than expected number are having severe symptoms including respiratory distress. This includes otherwise healthy young adults, who typically are less impacted by influenza. On behalf of our medical staff, we want to reach out to encourage all community members to be sure you and your loved ones have had a flu shot this year.

After receiving the flu shot, it takes your body 14 days to build immunity to the various influenza strains it covers. That’s why being vaccinated as soon as possible is very important. Vaccines are available through various providers in the community, including many doctor’s offices, immediate care centers and retail pharmacies. In addition, the Hendricks County Health Department is giving flu shots to all ages on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; cost is $20.

Along with ensuring you and your loved ones are vaccinated, here are some other preventative actions to stop the spread of flu:

  • When possible, avoid close contact with those who have the flu
  • If you have flu symptoms, stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that may be contaminated with germs

If you or a family member does contract the flu, anti-viral medications can be subscribed by a physician. Antiviral medications can shorten the duration of illness and make some symptoms milder; antiviral drugs are most effective when started within the first two days of illness. To learn more about influenza, visit the Centers for Disease Control. Or, check out the answers to some commonly asked questions about the flu vaccine.

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