INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana's flu deaths have
risen to 70 following two additional flu-related deaths reported this
The state Department of Health says the deaths and continuing illnesses
demonstrate that Indiana's flu season is still under way. Flu season
generally runs from October through May.
State Health Commissioner William VanNess says "there's still a very real
risk of becoming ill with influenza." He says the best defense against
getting the flu at this point is diligent hand-washing to prevent the
illness' spread. VanNess says severe flu seasons like this year's
demonstrate the importance of getting vaccinated as early in the season as
Sixty-four of Indiana's 70 flu deaths occurred in individuals with
underlying serious medical conditions such as cancer and heart diseases.