Indiana records first flu-related death of 2017-18 season

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana has recorded its first flu-related death of the 2017-18 season. 

The patient was under the age of 18, the Indiana State Department of Health announced Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. 

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“Unfortunately, we are already seeing some heartbreaking consequences of the flu in Indiana,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “With influenza activity on the rise, I encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot to get one to help protect themselves and their loved ones.”

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Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • fever of 100° Fahrenheit or greater
  • headache 
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat 
  • runny or stuffy nose

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