TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – On Tuesday, the Tippecanoe County Health Department confirmed four flu deaths within the county this season.
“You know you don’t like to see any deaths, but unfortunately every year you do have a few,” Tippecanoe County Health Department nursing supervisor Donella Carter said.
With four confirmed flu deaths in Tippecanoe County this season, three from influenza and one from H1N1, Carter said it’s important to continue taking steps to stay healthy.
“The best way is good hand washing, if you cough you cover your mouth, sneeze Kleenex into the trash and don’t hang on to it,” Carter said. “By all means wash, wash, wash your hands. That’s the so important.”
Carter said while many people get their vaccinations at the beginning of flu season there’s still time to get your flu shot.
“It’s very important that these adults and children continue to get the flu vaccine,” Carter said. “I can’t stress enough the importance of even though it seems late in the season to go ahead and get that important vaccine.”
With six weeks left of flu season Carter said it’s important that otherwise healthy adults get a flu shot too. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 28 of the people who died from the flu in Indiana this season were between the ages of 25 and 64 years old, accounting for more than 60 percent of all flu deaths.
“The healthy adults do get exposed more than what they think they do even by their children going to school,” Carter said. “I think that age group is a little shy on getting the vaccine and don’t think it’s important.”
Flu shots are available at the health department for just $5. Carter said they take about two weeks to kick in, but if you do get the flu after you get vaccinated your symptoms won’t be as bad.