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Flu Deaths Rise To 21, Health Department Encourages Vaccine

The flu that is already sent many people to bed and several to the hospital has taken more lives in Indiana. Twenty-one people have been killed by the flu according to the State Health Department since the flu season began.

Forensic epidemiologist Shawn Williams says deaths are increasing among the older population.

"What we are seeing an increase in in the 21 influenza-associated deaths are persons greater than 65. There are two under the age of 18," Williams says.

The department does not release specifics about the people who died so as not to violate federal privacy laws. Williams says it is not too late to get a flu shot, though some have reported trouble finding the vaccine in their local clinics.

While no official shortages of the influenza vaccine have been reported, Williams says it might be more difficult to find the vaccine due to the current high demand. A flu vaccine locator can be found at www.Flu.gov.

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