Indiana in midst of ‘severe’ flu season; 85 deaths reported statewide

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 16, 2015) – This year’s flu season has proven to be particularly severe, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

According to health officials, there have been 85 flu-related deaths reported in Indiana. That’s higher than the death total in each of the previous 10 years—and flu season is only halfway over.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams characterized this as a severe flu season.

“Indiana, like most of the country, is continuing to experience high flu activity,” Adams said. “This is clearly a severe flu season. Because of that, it’s especially important to see a health care provider right away if you have flu symptoms. If it is flu, starting early on antiviral medications can help reduce the severity and length of illness.”

Health officials said Hoosiers should be especially vigilant when it comes to flu symptoms, which include:

  • Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
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