Flu numbers are minimal this year

Flu numbers throughout the state of Indiana are low during this time of the year.

According to the weekly influenza report by the Indiana State Department of Health, the percentages so far this year are all below the seasonal average.

The average of influenza-like illnesses has remained below 1 percent for the entire season thus far, according to the report.

The report also said influenza-like illnesses spiked last year around this time above 12 percent.

Kent Bullis, medical director, said between 500 and 600 students have received their flu vaccines at the Health Center this year.

Bullis said while flu statistics are below normal for this time of year, students should still be cautious because it is not the prime flu season yet.

"We really have seen very little flu so far," Bullis said. "The flu tends to accumulate when it is cold and dry, and we just haven't seen that yet this year."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can take three main precautions to help from getting the flu this year: take time to get the flu vaccine, take preventative actions to stop the spread of the germ and take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

- So far this season, the flu in Indiana has been at minimal rates.

- The stomach flu is not included in influenza-like illnesses.


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