INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has reached 70 flu deaths this season, the State Department of Health said Thursday.
Five of the deaths involved people who were under age 18, with 64 of the deaths involving people who had underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Health officials track the flu season from October to May.
"Although we are nearing the end of flu season, it’s not over yet and there’s still a very real risk of becoming ill with influenza," said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D., in a news release. "Your best defense at this point is to continue to be diligent with hand washing. Severe flu seasons, such as this one, demonstrate the importance of getting vaccinated each and every year and as early in the season as possible."
ISDH said two additional flu deaths were reported this week.
Symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat and body aches. People who are 65 and older have a greater risk of having complications and death from the flu.