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  • Jenna Miller of Fort Wayne got her first flu shot in several years from Steve McDonald, pharmacy team leader at the Meijer on Lima Road in December of 2017.

  • Percentage of visits for influenza-like illness reported by the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network. (ILINet). Courtesy: Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 11:13 am

Health Department urges flu shot

The Journal Gazette

It's not too late to get a flu shot.

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is urging residents who have not gotten a flu shot to call their doctor or pharmacist to see whether it is available, a statement from the department said today.

The dominant circulating strain has been the Influenza A H3N2, which started the last few weeks of December, the department said, but now it is seeing an increase in cases of Influenza B.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitalizations are the highest they've been since they started measuring in 2010.

The CDC said it is seeing more people aged 50 to 64 being hospitalized, the statement said, and more people are showing up at the hospital with flu-like symptoms, something they haven't seen since 2003-04.

The CDC also said some western states are seeing a second wave caused by Influenza B. People who have had the flu once can get sick again from a second strain.

"We have already surpassed the total number of flu deaths we had last year and we are still experiencing widespread activity. It is not too late to get a flu shot .... Do it for you. Do it for your family," Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan said.