Indiana Flu-Related Deaths Surge To 79
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – In the midst of one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory, flu-related deaths in Indiana have ballooned to at least 79.
The number is up from 50 the previous week, according to the Indiana State Department of Health’s weekly influenza report released Friday.
The nearly 80 deaths so far compares to just eight which were reported through the same week last year.
For the period ending January 13, 58 of the deaths have occurred among people age 65 or older. Fourteen more deaths have been in the 50-64 age group.
Older individuals, particularly those with other conditions or compromised immune systems, are most susceptible to the flu. Troubling is news that 60 long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, have experienced flu outbreaks this season.
The health department says flu activity is widespread across the state, with activity remaining high.