Indiana seeing an increase in flu cases, flu shot encouraged

The flu is making an aggressive come back and with warmer temperatures approaching medical professionals are urging people to get the flu shot if they haven't already.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 7:43 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2019 6:17 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Flu shots are usually available toward the end of August and beginning of September,
but medical professionals are urging you to get them as soon as they are available.

"It's not uncommon to have a second wave usually not as dramatic as this, and we usually we see it with influenza B, which is a much less frequently case of influenza. This year it just happens to be more cases and it's with a particular influenza H3N2," Dr. Deborah McMahan said.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported high flu activity across the state.
The H3N2 strain is the one that affects the heart and it is the one the state is seeing an increase in.

"Our problem is that here in the United States the CDC is reporting that only 38% of Americans were vaccinated last year. since we have an overall low vaccination rate, then there's fertile population for it to fester and spread to others," Dr. R. Scott Stienecker, MD at Parkview Health said.

They normally see one to two people a day with the flu at Parkview..

"About 3 to 4 weeks ago we saw it abruptly from 15 to 20 people a day, but over the past two weeks we've seen it jump to about 45 people a day."

The CDC said flu season occurs in the Fall and Winter, but can lasts as late as May.
It's recommended everyone get a flu shot each season.

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