Flu Deaths Rise to 56 In Indiana

State Health Department officials are still urging Hoosiers to take precautions against the flu.

State health officials say 56 Hoosiers have now died as a result of influenza-like illnesses. Four of those were younger than 18.

“Everyone has a responsibility to take steps to prevent its spread,” says State Health Commissioner William VanNess, who indicates there are still a few months left in the flu season.

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age or older. It is especially important for those at higher risk of complications related to the flu and their family members to get vaccinated. High risk individuals include pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly.

Symptoms of influenza include: high fever, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches and sore throat. Health officials encourage anyone experiencing these symptoms to contact their health care provider immediately.

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