INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Friday afternoon, State health officials announced the first influenza deaths of the 2013-2014 flu season. Influenza is now widespread across Indiana, said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D.
“Flu activity is increasing around the state,” said Dr. VanNess. “The recent deaths remind us that influenza can be very serious and even deadly. I encourage all Hoosiers to become vaccinated from flu to protect themselves, their families and the community.”
Flu vaccines can usually be found at local health departments, pharmacies and with health care providers. A flu vaccine locator can also be found at www.StateHealth.in.gov.
Dr. VanNess is also reminding Hoosiers to practice the “Three Cs” to help prevent the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases:
Clean your hands often with soap and warm water.
Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze using your sleeve or a tissue.
Contain your illness by staying home when you are sick.
Symptoms of the flu include:
fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or greater