INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The number of flu-related deaths continues to rise, according to the Indiana Department of Health.
Officials say 11 people have died from the flu so far this season. That is 7 more deaths than in the previous week.
Of the deaths this season, 3 were between the ages of 50 and 64 and 8 were at least 65 years old.
While there were no pediatric deaths from influenza in Indiana, there were 14 pediatric deaths statewide. Riley Hospital for Children reported 314 cases of patients with the virus in November, compared to just four positive tests in October.
Nationwide, 19,593 people were hospitalized with influenza in the last week. That is almost twice as much as in the previous week.
The CDC estimates that there have been at least 8.7 million cases, 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths from the flu so far this season. The hospitalization rate is higher than the rate observed at the same time in any previous season since 2010-2011.
According to the CDC, the highest rate of hospitalizations is in adults aged 65 and older, followed by children aged 0 to 4 years.
According to the CDC, the majority of the influenza viruses tested are similar to those found in this season’s vaccine. That is why they encourage everyone older than 6 months to get vaccinated.
The CDC says the best way to prevent disease is to avoid exposure to this virus. As a reminder, however, CDC always recommends everyday preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or cloth.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; before the meal; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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