Now is the time to get the flu shot


WTHR.COM AND LOOK UNDER OUR LOCAL NEWS SECTION.>>>WE HAVE SEEN SEVERE FLU SEASONS IN RECENT YEARS, AND THERE ARE SIGNS THIS YEAR COULD BE ANOTHER BATTLE. Ben: IT’S NOT GOOD NEWS SO MATT IS LOOKING INTO WHY SO MANY ARE SAYING NO TO THE FLU SHOT AND WHY YOU MAY WANT TO ACT FAST.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO YOU AS WE BEGIN OCTOBER TOMORROW. REALLY IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO GET THE FLU SHOT BUT YOU MAY NOT BE THINKING OF THAT BECAUSE OF THE HEAT. THE VACCINE LASTS ABOUT SIX MONTHS. YOU SHOULD BE PROTECTED THROUGH THE END OF MARCH. THAT’S BENEFICIAL SINCE LAST YEAR’S FLU SEASON WAS HISTORIC LENGTH AT MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS. STILL, A GOVERNMENT POLL SAID NEARLY HALF OF US WILL STAY “NO, THANKS” TO THE VACCINE THIS YEAR. MORE THAN HALF PLAN TO GET THE SHOT, WHILE THE REST PLAN TO PASS OR REALLY AREN’T SURE. DOCTORS SAY IT’S A MISCONCEPTION GETTING VACCINATED COULD ACTUALLY GIVE YOU THE FLU.>>THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS LISTED VACCINE HESITANCY AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN 2019. EVEN IF YOU GET FLU AFTER HAVING RECEIVED THE VACCINE, YOU ARE LIKELY TO BENEFIT BY HAVING A LESS SEVERE AND SHORTER ILLNESS.>>Reporter: UP TO 42 MILLION PEOPLE HAD THE FLU LAST YEAR. NEARLY 61,000 PEOPLE DIED FROM IT. WE LEARNED 113 ARE FROM INDIANA. DOCTORS SAY ANYONE OVER SIX MONTHS OLD SHOULD GET VACCINATED. I SPOKE WITH HEALTH LEADERS IN HAMILTON COUNTY, AND WE KNOW THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORT OF CHILDREN GETTING SICK BUT NO CONFIRMATION YET IT’S THE FLU. THEY SAID IT’S REALLY HARD TO TELL BUT WE KNOW A BOY HAS DIED IN CALIFORNIA. Ben: STILL A LITTLE EARLY. WHAT DO WE KNOW?>>Reporter: WE’LL HAVE A FIRST LOOK AT THE NUMBERS BECAUSE THE FLU SEASON STARTS IN OCTOBER. YOU LOOK TO OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. AUSTRALIA WRAPPED UP THEIR WINTER SEASON AND SAID THE FLU ARRIVED EARLY AND WITH A VENGEANCE, MAKING PEOPLE ALARMED ABOUT THIS YEAR SO GET THE FLU SHOT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE SO YOU DON’T RUN THE RISK OF RUNNING OUT. Julia: MANY PLACES OFFER THE SHOT FOR FREE.

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