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Health Officials Encourage Everyone to Get a Flu Shot

Indiana is reporting 11 deaths and one of those deaths has occurred right here in Allen County. Health officials are still encouraging everyone that has not received a flu shot to get one.
Indiana is reporting 11 deaths and one of those deaths has occurred right here in Allen County.  Health officials are still encouraging everyone that has not received a flu shot to get one.

WFFT's Brooke Welch went out to answer several questions that most of us probably have about the flu like can you still get the flu if you have already been vaccinated? What age group is most likely to attract the flu this season and when should you actually see a doctor once you've contracted the flu?

Medical professionals are saying that preschool aged children and adults in their 20's through 40's are the most at risk for this season's virus.

Dr. Deborah McMahan with the Allen County Health Department tells us why, "young middle aged folks and preschoolers are people with the lowest immunity against the circulating strain H1N1 so it makes sense that we see those people in our community getting sick."

Dr. McMahan says that it is very important to get the flu shot every single year.

"People ya know, when we first say H1N1, they got vaccinated.  If they think they don't have to worry about that again, that's not the case."

Everyone has heard stories about people getting a flu shot and then still getting the flu.  McMahan says it's possible, but that it's the unvaccinated that develop the serious complications.

"There have been people that have shown up in the ER, that have been vaccinated and developed influenza, but those are not the ones who are being admitted, and put on ventilators, those sorts of things."

Dr. Noel Tim Moor with Physicians Urgent Care located on Coliseum Blvd. feels that being vaccinated is so important that they are offering free shots for adults and children beginning Wednesday through February 5th.

"It's a way to give back to the community, protect the health, and be part of what our mission statement is here, to give good medical care."

Both doctors agree that the sooner you seek medical help, the easier influenza is to treat.
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