Editorial: Don't miss out on life, get flu vaccine

The Tribune

Yes, the flu is here, earlier than normal, and it’s hitting Hoosiers hard, state and local public health officials report.

They’re also saying there’s still time to protect ourselves from the virus by getting a flu vaccination, which remain available in ready supply at the Jackson County Health Department, Schneck Medical Center and doctors’ offices.

The flu season officially starts in November and runs through May, with most cases occurring in January or February. Health care professionals already are seeing an uptick in cases.

Anita Root of Schneck Medical Center said the hospital lab confirmed 50 flu cases from October 2012 to January this year while there were 66 cases from October 2011 to March 2012.

Jackson County Health Department offers flu shots at its offices on West Second Street in Seymour. Cost for the vaccine is $25.

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