Nearly 200 Deaths Associated With The Flu In Indiana

Posted On February 19, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

Chart by Indiana State Department of Health, Weekly Influenza Report.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s flu-related deaths continued to climb to nearly 200, according to the latest weekly report from the Indiana State Department of Health.

The report shows 28 new deaths statewide for the week ended February 10, taking the state death toll to 195. At this rate, Indiana is almost certain to more than double the 103 deaths that occurred last flu season.

The ISDH’s Weekly Influenza Report states that 150 of the deaths have involved people age 65 and older. Thirty more have been in the 50-64 age group.

Flu activity in Indiana remains high. About 95 long-term care facilities – such as nursing homes – have been hit by flu outbreaks this season. Four schools have had outbreaks, according to the report.

Hoosiers are urged to protect their families by getting a flu shot if they have not already and to take precautions, including frequent hand-washing.