You have probably seen news stories that stress the importance of getting an annual flu shot. However, there are many people who feel that this is an unnecessary practice. They believe that there is no reason to get a flu shot because their immune system is strong enough to protect them. However, recent events in the state of Indiana might change their mind. There have been four recent deaths in Indiana that can be directly linked to the flu. There has also been a very dramatic rise in the appearance of symptoms commonly associated with the flu in patients around the state.
It is a fact that any person can be infected with the flu. Therefore, you are at risk even if you are young and in perfect physical condition. However, it is also important to note that there are some people who run a much higher risk of becoming infected. For example, people who are old, have problems with their immune system, are chronically ill, very young children and women who are pregnant. All these people have a substantially higher risk of getting infected by the flu than people who are not in those categories.
Washing your hands is a very important and effective way to prevent yourself from getting the flu. This is why medical professionals in the state of Indiana are urging people to wash their hands if they have recently touched something that has also been touched by many other people. The symptoms to be on the lookout for include a sore throat, cough, headache, pain in your muscles, fatigue and a temperature that is at least 100 degrees. Washing your hands regularly is a great habit. However, all people in Indiana should still get a flu shot every year. They are not expensive and you can get a flu shot at many drug stores.