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Doctors Urging Hoosiers To Get A Flu Shot

Last updated on Friday, December 13, 2013

(UNDATED) - National Influenza Vaccination Week is wrapping up, with doctors hoping they got across the point that you need to get a flu shot.

Flu season has already started, and we have already told you that Indiana lags behind the rest of the nation when it comes to the number of people who have gotten a flu shot.

Now, the federal Centers For Disease Control is trying to get people in to get a shot by pointing out how effective the vaccine was during last year's virulent flu season.

"Nearly 80,000 hospitalizations were prevented," said Dr. Michael Young, medical officer with the CDC's Influenza Division. "Nearly 3.2 million doctor visits were prevented, and more than six-and-a-half million cases of the flu were prevented because of the vaccine."

There have been no reported cases of flu in Marion County and very few across the state. But flu is only sometimes reported to health departments when it leads to a death, and Young says the worst of the season will hit over the next couple months.

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