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Health officials push for vaccinations during national influenza vaccination week

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If you got the flu shot this year, reports are now saying this year's vaccine may only have a success rate of 10 percent. 

Bad news, as we head into the heart of the flu season. So far, Indiana hasn't seen a major outbreak. The state health department reports only sporadic cases so far.

Despite those bad reports on the effectiveness of the vaccine this year, health experts still say it is an important step to fighting the flu. However, it is not the only thing you can do to try to stay healthy through the winter.

It is national influenza vaccination week and the Centers for Disease Control says getting the vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. December through February is the peak flu season in the United States but can last through May.

The CDC recommends getting a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older, but does not recommend the nasal spray flu vaccine. Those at the highest risk of catching the flu and developing serious flu-related complications are pregnant women, children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old and people 65 years of age and older.

Be sure you are taking precautions to also avoid the virus. Avoid contact with sick people. If you do catch the flu, limit your contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and wash your hands often.

Enjoy this holiday season and make sure you're protected this flu season.

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