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Indiana State Department of Health reports first flu death of the 2018 season

Posted at 12:48 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 21:17:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana State Department of Health reported the first flu-related death of the 2018-19 season Friday.

The death came from a person age 65 or older, according to ISDH's weekly flu report. The person's location is unknown.

"We don’t typically see flu-related deaths this early in the season, but flu viruses circulate year-round and can have heartbreaking consequences at any time," Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG said in a release. "With influenza activity beginning to increase, I encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot to get one to help protect themselves and their loved ones."

Typical symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
  • Headache 
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat 

While there is no cure for the flu, some medications can help ease symptoms, according to health officials.

How can you tell if you have the flu, allergies or the traditional cold?

If you are feeling the effects of allergies, you typically won't have a fever or much fatigue or body aches. If you have a cold, you might have a mild fever and some body aches. You might feel weak and even have some ear congestion. Colds generally last about a week.

If you're diagnosed with the flu, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands and stay home.

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