First 2017-18 flu death reported in Indiana

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health has reported the first flu-related death of the season. The report says the patient was under 18-years-old.The most recent government report says flu activity is increasing in some areas of the state. “Unfortunately, we are already seeing some heartbreaking consequences of the flu in Indiana,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “With influenza activity on the rise, I encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot to get one to help protect themselves and their loved ones.”Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death. High-risk individuals include pregnant women, young children (especially those too young to get vaccinated), people with chronic illnesses, people who are immunocompromised and the elderly. It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year.People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick. Hoosiers should practice the “Three Cs” to help prevent the spread of flu and other infectious diseases:Clean: Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze into your arm or a disposable tissue.Contain: Stay home from school or work when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.The flu vaccine is available at all area health departments. In Ripley call 812-689-5751. In Franklin County call 765-647-4322. In Decatur County call 812-663-8301. In Dearborn County call 812-537-8826. In Jennings County call 812-352-3024.last_img

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