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Flu related death reported at Wabash Valley hospital

Officials with Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes report a patient at the hospital recently died.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 2:08 PM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 7:00 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - Many who call Vincennes home like Ayla Marie Kieffer is on edge. They are afraid of catching this flu that has now claimed a life so close to home.

"I was really shocked and am even more scared than I already am but I’ve been preparing for it for about a month and a half, two months," said Kieffer

News 10 has confirmed a flu-related death here in the Wabash Valley. Officials with Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes reported an elderly patient at the hospital died January 5th.

Robin McDonald is the hospital's infection preventionist. She says of the 50 Indiana flu deaths reported so far this winter, not all deaths were solely from the flu. This includes the patient at the hospital.

"All flu-associated deaths in the state of Indiana are reportable. It might not be the main cause of their death but if they come into your hospital as a patient and their being treated for the flu," said McDonald

The hospital has been doing what they can to keep the flu outbreak from spreading there. Since December they have had visitor restrictions.

They also have been labeling some rooms with isolation to make sure others scrub up after they leave but they say the best thing to do is avoid the hospital if you're sick.

"If you are ill stay home. Treat yourself at home if all possible. If you have a high fever, call your physician. There are anti-viral medications that help with the complications of the flu to help you get over it quicker," said McDonald.

Those like Keiffer understands the hospital is doing all they can to help those in need but she knows the first step is to keep your family flu-free at home.

"I worry about my family, my families kids and grandkids and I just want to make sure their all safe. Keep doing what they're doing, everything helps,” said Keiffer.

Good Samaritan says it's not too late to get your flu shot for the season. It will help fight off the flu and even reduce the severity of it if you still catch it.

News 10 will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest when information becomes available.

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