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Indiana reports first flu-related death of 2019 - 2020 season

The ISDH confirmed the state’s first influenza-related death of the 2019-20 flu season on Tuesday.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 11:29 AM
Updated: Oct 29, 2019 1:57 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirmed the state’s first influenza-related death of the 2019-20 flu season on Tuesday.

“This is a tragic reminder that we should never underestimate how serious the flu can be,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box. “Vaccination is the best defense against influenza, so please make sure you and your loved ones receive a flu shot.”

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

• Fever Of 100° Fahrenheit Or Greater
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Cough
• Muscle Aches
• Sore Throat
• Runny Or Stuffy Nose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu shot each year.

Dr. Box said that because infants younger than 6 months can’t be vaccinated, it’s important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives or visits get a flu shot to protect the child.

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ISDH is also urging healthcare workers to get a flu vaccine to reduce their risk of transmitting illness to their patients.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so the CDC recommends early vaccination.

The ISDH says the flu vaccine can be administered at any time during the season, which typically runs from October through May.

Influenza is spread when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.

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People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouths or noses.

Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death.

More than 110 Hoosiers died from flu-related illnesses during the 2018-19 flu season, according to the ISDH.

Those most at risk include pregnant women, young children (especially those too young to get vaccinated), people with chronic illnesses, people who are immunocompromised and the elderly.

People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick.

The ISDH says Hoosiers should practice the “Three Cs” to help prevent the spread of flu and other infectious diseases:

Clean: Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.
Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze into your arm or a disposable tissue.
Contain: Stay home from school or work when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 659127

Reported Deaths: 12494
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion903271628
Lake48239872
Allen35663632
Hamilton31929395
St. Joseph29721510
Elkhart25306412
Vanderburgh21173377
Tippecanoe19873199
Johnson16290355
Porter15896268
Hendricks15765300
Clark11885179
Madison11704315
Vigo11538229
Monroe10285159
Delaware9815178
LaPorte9732195
Howard9030195
Kosciusko8529108
Bartholomew7412147
Hancock7392128
Warrick7389147
Floyd7172165
Wayne6616189
Grant6411157
Morgan6054124
Boone605388
Dubois5885111
Dearborn542366
Henry540792
Marshall5406104
Cass539699
Noble508176
Jackson463664
Shelby459390
Lawrence4165111
Gibson401081
Harrison397061
Clinton393753
Montgomery384283
DeKalb384078
Knox355784
Miami355663
Whitley347835
Huntington341276
Steuben337155
Wabash329776
Putnam327359
Ripley325661
Adams321549
Jasper314243
White296151
Jefferson293370
Daviess284696
Fayette270856
Decatur269788
Greene260679
Posey260131
Wells256574
Scott249649
LaGrange240570
Clay239744
Randolph225276
Spencer216630
Jennings214144
Washington209327
Sullivan202639
Fountain200942
Starke186950
Owen181853
Fulton177737
Jay177328
Carroll176118
Perry173035
Orange170750
Rush164322
Vermillion159541
Franklin158835
Tipton145841
Parke138415
Pike127432
Blackford120327
Pulaski106444
Newton96431
Brown94839
Benton91613
Crawford90413
Martin80014
Switzerland7527
Warren75212
Union66910
Ohio52911
Unassigned0429

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 962404

Reported Deaths: 17125
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1113121196
Cuyahoga948671715
Hamilton72843954
Montgomery47066879
Summit39845950
Butler35195464
Lucas34971757
Stark29161836
Warren22244270
Lorain21846388
Mahoning19314540
Lake18273301
Clermont18248208
Delaware16320131
Licking14864199
Fairfield14418157
Trumbull14202458
Greene13501212
Medina13263219
Clark12162335
Wood11433193
Portage10897155
Allen10732233
Richland10203205
Miami9969184
Columbiana8077180
Muskingum8068127
Tuscarawas7993235
Pickaway798698
Marion7954137
Wayne7828217
Erie6820184
Ross6092136
Geauga6010129
Hancock5955112
Ashtabula5907144
Scioto5890104
Lawrence521473
Union507852
Darke5016123
Belmont485788
Jefferson4747107
Huron4745117
Sandusky474594
Seneca4633103
Athens459431
Mercer4574101
Washington456487
Auglaize454598
Shelby440168
Knox399586
Putnam3971101
Madison390547
Ashland376695
Fulton376264
Defiance3688102
Brown368242
Crawford355796
Logan351558
Preble351370
Clinton338063
Highland325455
Ottawa320667
Williams300577
Jackson287956
Guernsey284634
Champaign283845
Fayette266844
Perry266243
Morrow257824
Henry243865
Holmes2425104
Hardin242256
Coshocton231647
Van Wert228149
Gallia220246
Adams214532
Pike213227
Wyandot208652
Hocking192648
Carroll179528
Paulding158323
Meigs134036
Noble128442
Monroe115636
Morgan99934
Harrison99732
Vinton76515
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