Influenza (Flu) Activity in Indiana 2014-2015
A weekly update on influenza (flu) activity in Indiana will be provided by state health officials each Friday. This update includes general information on flu activity based on surveillance across the state, but will NOT include flu case counts at either the state or the county level.
- Week 15, Week Ending April 18, 2015
- Week 14, Week Ending April 11, 2015
- Week 13, Week Ending April 4, 2015
- Week 12, Week Ending March 28, 2015
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- Week 10, Week Ending March 14, 2015
- Week 9, Week Ending March 7, 2015
- Week 8, Week Ending February 28, 2015
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- Week 6, Week Ending February 14, 2015
- Week 5, Week Ending February 7, 2015
- Week 4, Week Ending January 31, 2015
- Week 3, Week Ending January 24, 2015
- Week 2, Week Ending January 17, 2015
- Week 1, Week Ending January 10, 2015
- Week 53, Week Ending January 3, 2015
- Week 52, Week Ending December 27, 2014
- Week 51, Week Ending December 20, 2014
- Week 50, Week Ending December 13, 2014
- Week 49, Week Ending December 6, 2014
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- Week 42, Week Ending October 18, 2014
- Week 41, Week Ending October 11, 2014
- Week 40, Week Ending October 4, 2014
- Week 20, Week Ending May 17, 2014
- Week 19, Week Ending May 10, 2014
- Week 18, Week Ending May 3, 2014
- Week 17, Week Ending April 26, 2014
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- Week 11, Week Ending March 15, 2014
- Week 10, Week Ending March 8, 2014
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- Week 8, Week Ending Feb. 22, 2014
- Week 7, Week Ending, Feb. 15, 2014
- Week 6, Week Ending Feb. 8 2014
- Week 5, Week Ending Feb. 1, 2014
- Week 4, Week Ending Jan. 25, 2014
- Week 3, Week Ending Jan. 18, 2014
- Week 2, Week Ending Jan. 11, 2014
- Week 1, Week Ending Jan. 4, 2014
- Week 52, Week Ending Dec. 28, 2013
- Week 51, Week Ending Dec. 21, 2013
- Week 50, Week Ending Dec. 14, 2013
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- Week 48, Week Ending Nov. 30, 2013
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- Week 46, Week Ending Nov. 16, 2013
- Week 45, Week Ending Nov. 9, 2013
- Week 44, Week Ending Nov. 2, 2013
- Week 43, Week Ending Oct. 26, 2013
- Week 42, Week Ending Oct. 19, 2013
- Week 41, Week Ending Oct. 12, 2013
- Week 40, Week Ending Oct. 5, 2013
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About... Influenza ("the flu")
What is Influenza?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract. The illness can be mild to severe and can be fatal in some people. Although anyone can become infected with influenza, the elderly, young children, or anyone with other health problems are at greater risk from developing more severe illness or suffer from the complications of influenza, such as pneumonia. Every year, more than 36,000 Americans die from influenza-related complications.
How is influenza spread?
Influenza is spread by respiratory droplets from close contact with infected persons or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Infection can occur when influenza viruses contact the eyes, mouth, or nose, and possibly through inhaling droplets from a sneeze or cough. Sometimes people may become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth, or nose. Infected adults may be able to spread the virus to others about one day before they develop symptoms and up to five days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
What are the symptoms of influenza?
Symptoms usually include:
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
Symptoms usually start about 1-4 days after being exposed and last 2-7 days.
How do I know if I have influenza?
A health care professional usually diagnoses influenza by looking at your symptoms. Sometimes your nose will be swabbed and tested for the influenza virus.
How is influenza treated?
Influenza is usually treated with fever reducers, throat or cough drops, water, and plenty of rest. If the diagnosis is made at the very beginning of the illness, a doctor may prescribe antiviral medication.
How can I protect myself from influenza?
The best protection is to get a flu shot every year before the flu season starts. Since influenza viruses change over time, it is important to get a shot each year. Each year the vaccine is remade to include the types of flu virus expected to cause illness during that flu season. The vaccine begins to protect you within a few days after vaccination, but the vaccine is not fully effective until about 14 days after vaccination.
Good respiratory hygiene is important to prevent the spread of ALL respiratory infections, including influenza.
- Use your elbow or upper arm, instead of your hands, or a tissue to cover your mouth and nose or when you cough or sneeze. Immediately throw used tissues into the wastebasket.
- To clean your hands after coughing or sneezing, wash with soap and water, or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner if water is not available.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you get influenza, stay home from work, school, and social gatherings. This will help prevent others from catching your illness and gives your body the rest it needs to recover.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Many diseases often spread this way.
- For additional information on influenza, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site at:http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
Page last updated: April 17, 2015
Page last reviewed: February 9, 2014
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