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First flu related death reported in Indiana

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting the first flu-related death of the season was a patient under the age of 18.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017 3:47 PM
Updated: Dec. 8, 2017 3:47 PM

INDIANA (WTHI) — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting the first flu-related death of the season was a patient under the age of 18.

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Officials report flu activity in the state is increasing with outbreaks being reported at some long-term health care facilities.

“Fifty-four percent of the influenza-like illness specimens submitted to the ISDH Laboratory tested positive for flu in the week ending Dec. 2, 2017,” a release from ISDH explained.

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

Healthcare workers also are urged to get a flu vaccine to reduce their risk of transmitting illness to their patients.

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

• fever of 100° Fahrenheit or greater
• headache
• fatigue
• cough
• muscle aches
• sore throat
• runny or stuffy nose

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