Local hospital pushing for more protection against the flu

A local hospital is pushing for more protecting as the Wabash Valley continues to see more cases of the flu.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017 2:36 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A local hospital is pushing for more protection as the Wabash Valley continues to see more cases of the flu.

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Terre Haute Regional Hospital recommends all children and the elderly to get the flu shot.

People living with chronic diseases are also encouraged. Doctors say all three groups are considered high risk for the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent data shows that Indiana is still not experiencing a lot of flu activity. But experts say it only takes one person to infect a large group of people.

"There's a lot of benefit both to the community and large group settings, hospitals, nursing homes, for people to have that vaccination,” explained Christine Kirkendol Watson who is an Emergency Room Doctor at Regional Hospital. “Regardless of whether it's going to be effective or not."

Experts say fever and achiness are the two main symptoms of the flu.

If" you believe you have the flu, they say the best time to see a doctor is in the first two days.

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