Indiana flu deaths reach 21
The number of flu-related deaths in Indiana has now reached 21. Health officials say two of the deaths occurred in people younger than 18.
While no shortages of flu vaccine are being reported, it may be difficult to find the vaccine because of high demand.
The 2012-13 vaccine offers protection against the three most common strains of influenza: H3N2, H1N1, and Influenza B. The H3N2 strain appears to be predominant thus far in the 2012/13 flu season.
It's recommended that anyone six months of age or older get the shot, especially those at higher risk of complications. High risk individuals include pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly.
Some other tips to help protect against the spread of influenza include:
· Clean. Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.
· Cover. Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm or a disposable tissue.
· Contain. Stay home from school/work when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.
Health officials advise to contact your health care provider if you experience the following influenza symptoms, whether or not you have been vaccinated:
· Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
· Muscle aches
· Sore throat