Indiana's 244 flu-related deaths include 3 kids 4 or younger
9:36 PM, Mar 2, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana's latest influenza report shows the state has experienced 244 flu-related deaths this season, compared with 219 a week earlier.
The report released Friday for the week ending Feb. 24 says 183 of the deaths have involved people age 65 and older, but three children ages 4 and under also have died. There have been six deaths in the 5-24 age group, 12 in among people ages 25-49, and 40 in the 50-64 age group.
Geographically, 20 deaths have occurred in Allen County, 18 in Marion County and at least 10 each in Floyd, Hamilton and Lake counties.
The report says 102 long-term care facilities in the state have reported outbreaks of flu-like illnesses this season, as have six Indiana schools.
IU Health says there are six things you should do if someone in your family is sick with the flu:
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