White Co. Health Dept. confirms flu death

The White County Health Department has confirmed one death in the county because of the flu. A 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 12:04 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2018 2:18 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The White County Health Department has confirmed one death in the county because of the flu.

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White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar said a 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus.

As News 18 has previously reported, state health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana is now at 25.

That’s since October.

A report from the state health department shows 16 of the deaths occurred among people age 65 or older and seven other deaths in the 50 to 64 age group.

White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar says she administers 600 doses of the flu vaccine each year. She said this flu season is abnormal.

“They're coming in earlier. Normally we don't peak until January and February, but it started long before the holidays this year. It was south of us, but it moved north definitely since the holidays,” said Oilar.

We also reached out to the health departments in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain and Warren counties.

They have not been notified of any deaths.

The State Department of Health only reports flu deaths in counties if there are more than 5 confirmed flu-related deaths.

A health representative from Tippecanoe County said they did not want to comment.

To view the Indiana Public Health Preparedness district map, click here.

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