25 flu related deaths reported in Indiana as of Dec. 30

The Indiana State Department of Health reports there have been 25 flu related deaths in the state as of Dec. 30, 2017.

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 11:00 AM

INDIANA (WTHI) - The Indiana State Department of Health reports there have been 25 flu related deaths in the state as of Dec. 30, 2017.

“Unfortunately, as in years past, we are seeing increasing flu activity and the heartbreaking consequences it can have,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “I urge Hoosiers who haven’t received a flu shot yet to do so. It’s the best way to prevent this serious illness or decrease its severity.”

Increased flu activity has been reported across the state and officials are saying it is hitting certain groups hard including pregnant women, young children, those with chronic illnesses and those with compromised immune systems.

Individuals who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are urged to contact their physician or visit an urgent care facility to keep emergency rooms available for people who are critically ill. Patients whose symptoms began within 48 hours are encouraged to ask their provider whether Tamiflu, an antiviral medication, is appropriate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

Hoosiers can help prevent the spread of flu by practicing the “Three Cs” of infection prevention:
• 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 when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.

To view the ISDH weekly flu report, click here.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 60°
Robinson
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 59°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
60° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 60°
Rockville
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 60°
Casey
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 57°
Brazil
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 60°
Marshall
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 60°
Fall air is moving in!
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps

Latest Video

Image

Week 6, Segment Trhree In The Zone

Image

Week 6, Segment 2 In The Zone

Image

In The Zone, Week Six Segment 1

Image

Friday night forecast, how does the weekend look?

Image

Hobson's Farm honors first responders

Image

Terre Haute Post Office holds job fair

Image

Turn to the River, what does it mean for you?

Image

Hot Pursuit check presentation

Image

Surprise concert at Union Hospital

Image

Cradles Golf Scramble

WTHI Events