Indiana Has First Flu Death Of Season

Posted On December 11, 2017

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana State Department of Health says a person under the age of 18 was the first flu death in the state this season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over six-months-old to get the flu vaccine every year.

“Unfortunately, we are already seeing some heartbreaking consequences of the flu in Indiana,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “With influenza activity on the rise, I encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot to get one to help protect themselves and their loved ones.”

The department says some long-term care centers are also seeing flu outbreaks.

Most of the nearly 100 people killed by the flu in Indiana last year were over the age of 65.