83% Of Influenza-Like Illness In Younger Hoosiers; Deaths Reach 167 Statewide
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Flu-related deaths in Indiana continue to climb at an alarming pace this flu season.
167 deaths were reported statewide as of last week. That’s up from 136 deaths the previous week.
“This is a severe flu season, and unfortunately there are no signs that it has peaked yet,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box. “Hoosiers should do everything they can to protect themselves and their families, including getting a flu vaccine and staying home if they’re sick.”
Most of Indiana’s flu-related deaths this season have involved people age 65 and older. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people whose immune systems are compromised are especially susceptible to the flu.
Although most flu-related deaths are among the older demographics, a vast majority of flu cases are among younger Hoosiers. Nearly 83 percent of influenza-like illness reported to the ISDH involve individuals age 24 or younger.
“Unfortunately, flu can spread rapidly in communal settings like classrooms and nursing homes, but no one is immune from the flu,” Dr. Box said. “Facilities that are experiencing high rates of flu should ensure that they are cleaning and disinfecting regularly and that ill individuals are isolated to help prevent additional cases of the flu.”