Indiana's 107 flu deaths this season exceed 2016-17 tally


Indiana's 107 flu deaths this season exceed 2016-17 tally

Because of high flu numbers across the state, the Department of Health is offering free flu shots on January 31st at more than 55 Parish Health Units across the state.

Medical Center Hospital hasn't had any flu-related deaths, but they said the number of confirmed flu cases are doubling from the past two weeks.

"While the flu is said to be more severe this season, less than 10 percent of our (emergency room) visits since December have been flu-related", said Grand Strand Health chief medical officer Dr. Andrew Shwartz.

WJAR-TV reports the department said Thursday 300 people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season.

Dr. Edward Khan advises people in those categories to seek a doctor if they have the slightest indication of coming down with the flu. Five deaths happened earlier and have just recently been attributed to the flu.

Influenza A is this year's most vexing strain, though cases of Influenza B have also been reported, Milman said.

Those seeking flu shots can do so by setting up an appointment at the Myrtle Beach Health Department or the Horry County Health Department by calling 1-800-868-0404.

But as of this Monday, they said the number of deaths jumped up to 2,355.

Hospitals in Indianapolis and other parts of central in have implemented restrictions on visitors since the start of the year due to the spread of the flu virus.

We are already on track to meet and possibly exceed these statistics for the 2017/18 flu season. Especially at risk are those over the age of 65, children or those with chronic conditions, she said. Marion County has recorded nine flu deaths, more than any other county. While comparative data was not available for previous years, physicians and nurses generally note that "this flu season is much worse than previous years", Thomas said.



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