The death toll from influenza in Indiana has risen to 40.
State Health Department officials say 13 adults have died in Indiana over the last week. State Respiratory Epidemiologist Shawn Richards the early start has definitely taken its toll this year compare to previous years.
“Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 23 of each proceeding year, last season we had had zero deaths, the year before that we had four deaths,” Richards says. “And the year before that we had had 22 deaths.”
Still, Richards says it is too hard to tell of the flu in the state has peaked or if it will continue to rise. January and February are typically the peak months for flu in the state.”