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Three Flu Deaths Reported in Indiana

First deaths in 2013-2014 flu season

1/3/2014

State health officials say three people have died from the flu in Indiana.

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The three deaths are the first for Indiana in the 2013-2014 flu season.  The Indiana State Department of Health did not say where in the state the deaths were reported.  It's also not known how old the victims were.  

State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess says influenza is now widespread across Indiana.  He is encouraging all Hoosiers to get vaccinated from flu to protect themselves, their families and the community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported several flu deaths across the country, including children.  The number of deaths is expected to increase as flu season continues.

Flu vaccination is recommended for anyone six months of age or older.  The ISDH says it's especially important that those at higher risk of complications related to the flu get vaccinated.  That group includes pregnant women, young children with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly.

Indiana residents can find a flu vaccine locator at www.statehealth.in.gov

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