Flu Season is Coming, Are You Ready?

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The most common strand in IN and nationally has been the H3N2 strand.

"It's really just getting back to the basics of good hygiene, good hand washing", says Wood.

The cost of the vaccine is $10 for adults and children. In other words, receiving the shot will not guarantee you have a flu-free season.

On its web site, the department reported that the robust flu "resulted in a lot of people taking time off work and a significant burden on hospitals, with more than twice the number of people with influenza being admitted than is typical".

The CDC says that most people do not need anti-viral drugs to beat the flu and should stay home to improve wellness and avoid spreading the disease.

This means it's still wise to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season, which will continue well into spring. Most flu vaccines protect against strains that are only respiratory in nature.

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




While the final decision to get the annual flu shot is a personal one, which usually takes into account a person's exposure to the viruses, their personal history with flus, among other factors, Newsday has compiled a list of flu vaccination pros and cons to help you make a more informed decision this flu season.

Kasetty said people should also contact their health care providers as soon as they notice symptoms of influenza, as medical treatments for the flu are most effective when started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Fact: Influenza certainly does not discriminate. Anyone can have serious flu-related complications and symptoms. The shot also does not boost your immune system; if your immune system was already weakened before you were administered the shot, you may still be infected by the virus.

And clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses are viable candidates for yearly flu shots. If last year's flu activity is any indication, flu levels won't peak until after the new year. With the holidays in full swing, and families traveling and getting together, that is expected to get worse.

Armed with this knowledge, I encourage you to get vaccinated and to talk about the benefits of vaccinations with your friends and loved ones.

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