First flu-related death of season reported in Indiana

Flu Vaccine

The Indiana State Department of Health has reported the state's first flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 10:31 AM
Updated: Oct 22, 2019 11:08 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — The Indiana State Department of Health has reported the state's first flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season. The department said it happened in Marion County.

The CDC recommends people 6 months and up get an influenza vaccine each year. State Heath Commissioner Kris Box said because infants younger than 6 months can’t be vaccinated, it’s important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives or visits get a flu shot to protect the child. Healthcare workers also are urged to get a flu vaccine to reduce their risk of transmitting illness to their patients.

“This is a tragic reminder that we should never underestimate how serious the flu can be,” said Box. “Vaccination is the best defense against influenza, so please make sure you and your loved ones receive a flu shot.”

The department said it takes about two weeks after the vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body. The CDC recommends an early vaccination. The season typically runs from October to May. 

Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract, according to a news release. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouths or noses.

Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death. More than 110 Hoosiers died from influenza-associated illnesses during the 2018-19 flu season. Those most at risk include pregnant women, young children (especially those too young to get vaccinated), people with chronic illnesses, people who are immunocompromised and the elderly. It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year.

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

People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick. Hoosiers should practice the “Three Cs” to help prevent the spread of flu and other infectious diseases:

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 from school or work when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.

West Lafayette
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 73°
Kokomo
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 70°
Rensselaer
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 70°
Fowler
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 70°
Williamsport
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 71°
Crawfordsville
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 70°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 72°
Delphi
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 73°
Monticello
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 73°
Logansport
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 48626

Reported Deaths: 2717
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11723689
Lake5212244
Elkhart332051
Allen2815132
St. Joseph198168
Cass16399
Hamilton1596101
Hendricks1414100
Johnson1288117
Porter73637
Tippecanoe7279
Madison66364
Clark66044
Bartholomew58944
Howard58057
LaPorte57926
Vanderburgh5706
Kosciusko5564
Marshall4926
Noble48428
Jackson4723
LaGrange4719
Delaware45050
Boone44943
Hancock44935
Shelby43025
Floyd38244
Morgan32931
Monroe30128
Montgomery29720
Grant29526
Clinton2892
Dubois2836
Henry28016
White26510
Decatur25532
Lawrence24625
Vigo2368
Dearborn23323
Warrick22129
Harrison21622
Greene19032
Miami1842
Jennings17612
Putnam1708
DeKalb1634
Scott1628
Daviess14717
Wayne1426
Orange13523
Perry1359
Steuben1302
Franklin1268
Ripley1227
Jasper1212
Wabash1132
Carroll1102
Fayette1017
Newton9910
Whitley965
Starke933
Gibson872
Randolph804
Huntington782
Wells751
Jefferson722
Fulton711
Jay680
Washington671
Pulaski661
Knox640
Clay604
Rush583
Adams501
Owen491
Benton480
Sullivan451
Posey440
Spencer411
Blackford392
Brown391
Crawford320
Fountain322
Tipton311
Switzerland270
Martin230
Parke230
Ohio170
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events