Indiana Department of Health urging everyone to get their flu shots

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INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU)- The Indiana State Department of Health is urging anyone, who hasn't received their flu shot yet, to get one now.

Though flu activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause severe illness and even death.

The state of Indiana has already recorded two flu-related deaths this season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone, from ages six months or older, to get a flu shot each year.

Healthcare workers are also urged to get a flu shot to reduce their risk of transmitting the illness to their patients.

The flu, or Influenza, is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. It spreads when respiratory droplets are released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby. It also spreads when people touch certain surfaces or objects contaminated with the droplets.

Some of the symptoms of the flu include a high fever, fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, and more.

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