You are probably aware that we are in the middle of a serious flu outbreak. It's more serious in Indiana where we have reported 22 flu-related deaths for the 2019/2020 season. Kentucky has recently reported four deaths, their first of this flu season. Nationwide there have been nearly 10 million flu illnesses reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 4,800 Americans have died. Last year's flu season took the lives of over 100 Hoosiers.

Young children and the elderly are particularly at risk and the outbreak is expected to last several more weeks. Respiratory problems, fever and body aches are some common symptoms.

There is a bit of good news--the CDC advises that it is not too late to get vaccinated. For adults with certain chronic health conditions, annual flu vaccination is just as important to their health as smoking cessation, exercise, or taking prescribed medications. Have you had your "shot" this season? They are free with most insurance plans (no co-pay).

You can visit your doctor or simply walk in to CVS, Walgreens, or Meijer and they can give you the vaccination right there. If you do not have insurance the fee for age 2 to 65 is usually about $30.00. The high dose for over 65 is about $20 higher. If you don't have insurance or are underinsured you will also want to check with the Vanderburgh County Health Department at 420 Mulberry Street. Walk-ins are accepted on Monday, Tuesday, Weds. & Friday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

You need to know that this is serious. I realize that you may have a problem with needles, but I got my flu shot this year and didn't even feel it. If you knew you were saving your life or your child's life - would you put up with a little discomfort for 2 seconds? It beats the alternative.