Number of flu deaths rises to 21 in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS – The number of flu-related deaths in Indiana has risen to 21, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Health officials said two of the deaths involve people under the age of 18.

The health department said there were no official shortages of the flu vaccine, but added that patients may have trouble getting vaccinated because of high demand among local health departments, pharmacies and health care providers.

The current vaccine protects patients against the three most common strains of flu: H3N2, H1N1, and Influenza B. The health department said the H3N2 strain appears to be the predominant strain for the current flu season.

You can find a list of flu vaccine providers here.

The health department recommends the flu vaccine for anyone six months or older, adding that people at risk of flu complications should get vaccinated. High risk individuals include pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly.

For more information, about Indiana’s flu season, visit the State Department of Health’s website.