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Health department reports second flu death of the 2018 season in Indiana

Health department reports second flu death of the 2018 season in Indiana
Posted at 9:06 PM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 21:06:06-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The state health department has reported the second flu death of the season in Indiana.

Both patients who have died from the flu so far this year have been 65 years old or older.

The health department describes flu activity throughout the state as “sporadic and minimal” at this time, but the season is just getting started.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone 6 months or older get a flu shot each year.

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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.

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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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