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First Flu Related Death for 2017 Winter Reported in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting the first flu-related death of the season was a patient under the age of 18.

Posted: Dec 23, 2017 5:00 PM
Updated: Jan 19, 2018 12:47 PM

(WLFI 18) INDIANA (WTHI) — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting the first flu-related death of the season was a patient under the age of 18.

Officials report flu activity in the state is increasing with outbreaks being reported at some long-term health care facilities.

“Fifty-four percent of the influenza-like illness specimens submitted to the ISDH Laboratory tested positive for flu in the week ending Dec. 2, 2017,” a release from ISDH explained.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

Healthcare workers also are urged to get a flu vaccine to reduce their risk of transmitting illness to their patients.

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

• fever of 100° Fahrenheit or greater
• headache
• fatigue
• cough
• muscle aches
• sore throat
• runny or stuffy nose

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Dangerous heat will move into the area today with highs reaching the upper 90s to triple digits. Heat index values will likely be between 100-106. Use caution when spending time outside this afternoon. Hot and humid conditions will continue on Friday with highs back in the upper 90s and lower 100s with heat index values reaching triple digits. A cold front will move through the area Friday afternoon into the evening bringing the chance for a few showers and thunderstorms. Scattered rain chances will continue through the weekend with highs in the lower 90s. Highs in the 80s will return for the beginning of next week.
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