News Sections
Audio
Health Experts Say Bad Flu Season Ahead
Updated October 11, 2017 7:07 AM | Filed under: Health
 Print    Archive    RSS

(UNDATED) - Some health experts say we could be in for a bad flu season ahead and they are urging everyone to get a flu shot as soon as possible.

In central Indiana, cases of the flu are already being diagnosed.

"It's very important for people to get their flu shots early on," Dr. Nikki Stuckwisch of IU Health, told FOX News "because if it [flu season] peaks in December that means it's starting now."

Stuckwisch said last year's flu season peaked in December and then again in February. She has already seen her first case this season.

"I think I've tested four or five people and one of them was positive," said Stuckwisch.

And for a look at what the U.S. could be in for, officials are looking Down Under, since Australia's flu season happens months earlier than it does in the U.S.

"They had a large number of people who came down with the flu and it was a serious outbreak for them," said Stuckwisch.

More troubling, data from the federal government shows less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year.

Doctors typically say that approach is not smart for either yourself or those around you.

"That's not a good idea because when the person who has influenza goes out and either works or goes to the store, they are spreading virus everywhere they go," said Stuckwisch.

Bottom line, officials say now is the time to get the shot, especially for the young, elderly, or those with weakened immune systems.

"We're seeing the flu already, it's coming, and we need to get immunized now," said Stuckwisch.

Something else doctors want to stress is the flu vaccine does not contain a live virus and it cannot make you sick.



« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to comments@wbiw.com

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Find more about Weather in Bedford, IN
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW


1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2017 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.   WBIW.com and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  Contests  |  About  |  Feedback