FLU SEASON: October marks the start

Staff Writer

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 from infected people or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
Symptoms of the flu include fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches and sore throat.
Flu season occurs annually, typically starting around October and continuing through May.
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.