Monroe County Y & IU Health Flu Shot Events
We're excited to share that both our Y facilities will host a flu shot event in partnership with IU Health, which will give our members and staff the opportunity to get their flu vaccine and stay on top of their health as we go into the colder months. Our Northwest Y will host their event on November 18 from 4:00-6:00 pm, and our Southeast Y will host their's on November 23 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.
You do not need to provide insurance information or identification to be eligible to receive a flu vaccine. Please note that masks are required for all individuals ages 4+. If you have any questions regarding the events, please call (812) 353-3244.
Want more information about the flu and flu vaccine? Read through the following, provided by IU Health:
It’s flu season. What to know now.
Each year, millions of people miss work and school because they have the flu (influenza.) Here’s what you should know about the flu and how to lower your chances of getting sick.
What is the flu? The flu is an illness caused by flu viruses. The flu may make people cough and have a sore throat and fever. They may also have a runny or stuffy nose, feel tired, have body aches, or show other signs they are not well. The flu happens every year and is more common in the fall and winter in the US. People of all ages can get the flu, from babies and young adults to the elderly.
How does the flu spread? People who have the flu can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing. Droplets released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. People may also catch the flu by touching their mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it, such as doorknobs, tables, or an infected person’s dirty hand.
How do you know if you have the flu?
Most common signs:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Feeling weak or more tired than usual
Less common signs:
How sick do people get with the flu? Some people get very sick and others do not. Most people who get sick get better without seeing a doctor or taking medicine. However, some people can get very sick from the flu and can die. Many of the people who get very sick are pregnant or are older than 65 years or have a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or kidney disease. Children younger than five years of age are also at greater risk.
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
- Get vaccinated.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Are there medicines to treat the flu? Yes. Prescription medicines called antiviral drugs can treat the flu. If you are sick, these drugs can make you feel better faster and make the flu feel milder. Most people who get sick get better without the need for these medicines. But, if you need help getting well, your doctor may decide to give you antiviral drugs.
Protect yourself and others by getting a flu vaccination today.
Why get a flu shot? A flu vaccination can reduce flu illness, doctor's visits, and missed work and school, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
Who should get a flu shot? It is recommended that anyone older than six months get an annual flu vaccination. Groups at high risk should be vaccinated:
- Children aged between six months and five years
- Adults ages 65 and older
- Women who are pregnant
- Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities
- Anyone with existing medical conditions such as asthma, lung or heart disease, or diabetes
If you’re concerned about an allergic reaction, consult with your doctor before getting the vaccine.
Is it safe to get a flu shot? Some people think the flu vaccine gives you the flu—this is not true. While some people who get vaccinated still get sick, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness. Some people do report experiencing a low-grade fever, aches or redness, soreness or swelling at the site of the vaccine injection.