IU HEALTH ARNETT ENCOURAGES FLU SHOTS
An IU Health Arnett Release
Lafayette, Ind. - Though fall means football for many people, to nurses and physicians in the area fall often means flu.
“The strong recommendation is for everyone six months and older to get their annual flu vaccine as early as possible,” said Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at Indiana University Health Arnett, James Bien, MD. “Doctors’ offices and pharmacies will begin providing it in September. The sooner it is received, the sooner protective immunity develops for the individual, and the entire community.”
Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized by the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six 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. Visit iuhealth.org/arnett for more information.
For physician interviews, please contact Kier Crites.