IU Health Arnett encourages community to get their flu shots early
An IU Health Arnett Hospital Release
— Though fall means football for many people, to nurses and physicians in the area, fall often means flu.
“Flu season can begin as early as the beginning of October,” Dr. James Bien, Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at IU Health Arnett. “It’s important to get vaccinated early, since it takes up to two weeks for antibodies to build up immunity in your body.”
Each year, over 200,000 people are hospitalized by the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months or older get a flu vaccine every year in order to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Certain people who have a higher risk of developing serious symptoms should be vaccinated as soon as possible. This group includes children, people 65 or over and those with asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease. Anyone who lives or works with these populations should also receive the vaccine in order to help protect the people around them.
IU Health Arnett will be offering many flu shot clinics throughout the fall. Appointments are required. Vaccinations are 23 dollars or you may bill your insurance. Visit iuhealth.org/arnett for more information.