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11/1/2015 Regulatory
Influenza Vaccinations and ISDH Webinar

October Begins Flu Season
State health officials are urging Hoosiers to get their flu vaccinations to protect themselves from influenza this season.  Influenza, or the "flu" is a viral infection of the respiratory tract.  Influenza is spread by respiratory droplets form infected people or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Symptoms of the flu include:

• Fever of 100° F or greater
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Cough
• Muscle aches
• Sore throat

Flu season occurs annually, typically starting around October and continuing through May.  Seasonal flu viruses can vary from year to year, so it is important to get a flu vaccine every year.  The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu.   Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of complications that could lead to hospitalization and even death. High-risk individuals include pregnant women, young children (especially those younger than 6 months who cannot be vaccinated), those with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and adults age 65 and older. Healthcare personnel are also encouraged to get a flu vaccine to protect themselves and their patients during the flu season. 

To learn more about the flu, visit the Indiana State Department of Health's flu page or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season.

2015-16 Influenza Vaccination Webinar
Join the Indiana State Department of Health Live Webinar to learn about the 2015-16 seasonal influenza vaccines, trends and lessons learned from previous influenza antiviral recommendations, and specimen collection methods for influenza testing.  This free webinar is scheduled for November 18, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET. FREE registration and event details.