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Hoosiers urged to get flu shots as sickness starts spreading

Posted: 7:45 AM, Oct 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 14:16:43-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's health commissioner is urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots soon because flu cases are already appearing around the state.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box says Indiana residents should "take steps quickly to protect themselves and their loved ones" because the flu can be deadly.

Since the 2014-15 flu season, nearly 800 Hoosiers have died from flu-related illnesses. Vulnerable populations include the elderly, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations be offered by late October. It takes about two weeks for protective antibodies to develop in the body.

Flu shots can be obtained through primary care providers and many pharmacies. To find the nearest location to get a flu shot, go to https://vaccinefinder.org/.

The Marion County Public Health Department is offering flu shots for adults and children ages 2 to 18 years of age for $20. For children ages 2 and younger, the vaccine is free.

October walk-in clinics are scheduled for the following locations and times:

Tuesday, Oct. 15
Indiana Chin Baptist Church
8528 Madison Ave.
9 a.m.-Noon

Sunday, Oct. 20
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
6000 W. 34th Street
10 a.m.-Noon

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Southport United Methodist Church
1947 E. Southport Road
9 a.m.-Noon

Thursday, Oct. 24
Cathedral Kitchen
1350 N. Pennsylvania Street
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Englewood Christian Church
57 N. Rural Street
4 p.m.-6 p.m.