INDIANAPOLIS - The number of deaths in Indiana related to the flu has increased to 52, the Indiana State Department of Health said Monday.
That's five more flu-related deaths within a week. Six flu-related deaths occurred in Marion County, health officials said.
The spread of the flu has waned in recent weeks in the Midwest, but officials are still asking Hoosiers to consider getting a vaccination and to follow personal hygiene steps to mitigate transmission.
People should wash their hands, cover their mouths when coughing and stay home if they are sick.
Most of the state's flu deaths have involved people age 65 and older who have underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and renal disease.
Of the five new deaths, just one was over age 65 and one was under age 18. The other three were between the ages of 25 and 64.