Nearly 200 people in Indiana have died this flu season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- State health officials say Indiana's flu-related deaths rose to nearly 200 last week as the current severe flu season continued.

Indiana's weekly influenza report shows 195 people had died from flu-related illnesses as of Feb. 10. That's up from 167 the previous week.

The report says 150 of the deaths have involved people age 65 and older and 30 have been in the 50-64 age group.

Nine deaths have been among people ages 25 to 49, five have been in the 5-24 age group and one death was reported among children ages four and under.

On Thursday, The Bartholomew County Coroner confirmed a 7-year-old Columbus girl died from complications from the flu.

A 3-year-old girl in Muncie died Monday after going to the emergency room with flu-like symptoms. Her exact cause of death has not been confirmed.

The State Department of Health is urging Hoosiers to protect their families by getting a flu shot if they haven't already and to take precautions, including frequent hand-washing and covering their mouths when coughing.

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