INDIANAPOLIS — Although flu deaths doubled last week in Indiana, the numbers are still relatively low compared to what we were looking at this time last year.
So far eight Hoosiers have died from the flu during the 2018-19 season and they have all been 50 years or older. There have not been any flu outbreaks at long-term care facilities yet this season.
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Comparing the numbers, this time last year we had 79 Hoosiers who died from flu-related illness and 60 flu outbreaks at long-term care facilities.
Although the numbers are low, the CDC says the flu season is still just beginning. The warmer temperatures lingered around longer than normal this year with the temps finally dropping once the new year began.
Typical symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
- 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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