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Health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana rose to 25 during the final full week of 2017.

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 12:26 PM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2018 12:34 PM

INDIANA (WLFI) — Health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana rose to 25 during the final full week of 2017.

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That's up from nine such deaths the previous week.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday released its weekly influenza report for the period ending Dec. 30.

It shows 16 of the deaths occurred among people age 65 or older and seven other deaths in the 50 to 64 age group.

“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.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone aged six months and up get a flu vaccine each year.
It also suggests practicing the “Three Cs” of infection prevention to prevent the spread of the flu:

• 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.

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