Marion County reports first flu-related death of the season

In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Marion County Public Health Department has reported the first flu-related death of the season.

Health officials continue to encourage people to get flu shots to protect against the most dangerous side effects related to influenza.

The flu vaccine is especially important for people who are at high-risk of complications related to the flu:

  • People 65 and older
  • People with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes or heart disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under the age of 5

Basic preventative measures are also important, in addition to the vaccine:

  • Washing hands
  • Limited contact with others who are sick
  • Covering nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

The Marion County Public Health Department is offering flu shots at its district health offices. It costs $20 for people age 2 and older. Children younger than 2 can get the shot for free.

The health department is also hosting special clinics where people can walk in and get a flu shot. The last two opportunities for that are Thursday at Cathedral Kitchen (1350 N. Pennsylvania St.) from 9-11 a.m. and Englewood Christian Church (57 N. Rural Street) from 4-6 p.m.

For more information from the health department about the flu vaccine, click here.