INDIANAPOLIS -- While the rate of flu deaths is slowing, more fatalities were reported this past week as a result of complications from the flu.
The total number of deaths this flu season is up from 107 the previous week to 136 this week, a total of 29 new reported deaths.
Reports of the illness spreading jumped in mid-December, and the number of reports each week have maintained a larger than normal amount compared to an average flu season.
The good news is the rate of reported deaths has declined for the second straight week from the peak in the second week of January.
The vast majority of flu deaths this season continue to be persons 65 years of age and older, but 23 deaths have been reported among those 50-64 years old.
Marion County continues to see the most reported deaths this flu season.
The flu is “spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose,” according to the ISDH.
fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
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.
All data and charts originated by The Indiana State Department of Health.