Get a flu shot - it's not too late and remember to wash your hands!

The peak activity for seasonal flu is January and February, but influenza season has begun and will be with us through next spring.
The flu, officially known as influenza, is caused by viruses. It is a contagious respiratory illness spread mainly through droplets when people with the virus cough, sneeze or talk.

Healthy adults may be contagious one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming ill. Children may pass the virus longer than seven days. Remember, you can pass the flu along to others before you feel ill yourself!

What does having the flu feel like? The common symptoms include cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, tiredness, and fever. Not everyone experiences all of these symptoms. Unlike a cold, the onset of the flu is sudden.

Most healthy adults recover from the flu in a few days to a week, but some people develop serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections. Certain groups are considered high risk for flu related complications. Anyone over age 65, people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or immune compromised conditions, pregnant women and young children are all at increased risk for complications.          

  • Studies show that only 67% of people practice any sort of hand hygiene
  • 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch
  • Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food
  • Proper hand washing can reduce respiratory infections by close to 20%

Harvestland Farm Trail gets a makeover from community volunteers

“It was exciting to see our staff and members of the community come together to make such a powerful impact. I am looking forward to more opportunities for community service in the future!” — Kevin Sheward

Aspire Indiana’s first Community Service Day on Oct. 22 at Harvestland Farm was a resounding success!!!  Over 50 people came together in perfect fall weather to help restore the woods path for the residents of our May and Bush houses in Anderson.  Kudos to Kevin Sheward, who organized the volunteers, including over 25 young men from Anderson University.  We could not have done it without their help!  

Sometimes when you get too close to something, it’s hard to get the full picture. That's why were holding a video contest for you to help tell our story and give our audience a fresh perspective on Aspire Indiana. Take some time to read the rules and fill out the entry form. Then go through our website or visit the following social media platforms and start filming. Good luck!