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At Least Nine Deaths Blamed On The Flu In Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health says eight of the nine deaths were those over the age of 50.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Department of Health says at least nine people have died of the flu so far this year throughout the state.

The Department of Health released a report on Friday, Dec. 29 indicating that eight of the nine deaths were those over the age of 50, while one person who died was between 5-24.

Seven of the flu deaths happened in the week leading up to Dec. 29.

The report did not give out any more specific information on those who died or where they had lived.

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting that the flu is widespread throughout Indiana and 35 other states.

Many hospitals, including Franciscan Health Central Indiana and IU Health, are asking those with flu symptoms not to visit their facilities.  In addition, some hospitals are asking those under 16 not to make any visits unless they are wearing a surgical mask around other patients, doctors and nurses.

 

Photo credit: Getty Images / Mike Simons

 

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