7-year-old from Terre Haute dies from flu complications at Riley Hospital for Children

219 flu deaths in Indiana so far this season

INDIANAPOLIS -- A 7-year-old boy died at Riley Hospital for Children on Thursday morning from complications from the flu.

Jackson Pirtle of Terre Haute had the flu which then developed into pneumonia and a bacterial infection, according to WTWO-TV.

Jackson's death is not included in the most recent flu numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health.

There were 24 deaths from the flu in Indiana last week, the fewest since the second week of flu season.

In total, 219 Hoosiers have died from the flu according to the ISDH.

IU Health says there are six things you should do if someone in your family is sick with the flu:

  • Stay home
    • The flu is infectious and if you are already infected, it is important to reduce transmission to other people around you
  • Be on the lookout for warning signs in adults
    • Worsening shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, severe vomiting
  • Be on the lookout for warning signs in kids
    • Confusion, decreased appetite, very high fevers (>103 degrees F), neck stiffness, persistent vomiting, worsening shortness of breath
  • Call your physician or go the emergency room
    • If you have any of the above listed symptoms
  • If symptoms remain mild to moderate, it's OK to let the disease run its course
    • This is typically seven days. You can always call your primary physician and ask for their opinion
  • You can get the flu multiple times per flu season
    • It's not too late to get your vaccine even if you've already been sick

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