Local health officials monitoring flu in schools

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis health officials are asking Marion County schools for daily absentee rates in order to monitor the spread of flu in classrooms.

Marion County Public Health Department Director Virginia Caine says If the rates of absent students are high enough, schools might need to close.

Health officials also continue to encourage vaccination to prevent the spread of flu. Caine gave Gov. Mike Pence his flu shot Thursday in his office.

Officials say the vaccine is still available across Indiana. The vaccine becomes effective two weeks after a person receives the shot. The flu season usually lasts from October to May.

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