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53 Hoosiers have died from the flu this season

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 11:56:03-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Although it hasn't seemed quite as severe as the past few years, the Indiana State Department of Health says they have still recorded just over four dozen deaths from flu-related illness so far during the 2018-19 season.

Flu activity remains widespread throughout the state, according to the latest flu activity report released on Friday, March 8.

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Flu deaths this season have varied some, but most have been adults aged 65 and over. Eight deaths recorded by the state health department were in patients younger than 50.

The state reports they have had 13 flu outbreaks at long-term care facilities and three different schools across the state.

Typical symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat

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While there is no cure for the flu, some medications can help ease symptoms, according to health officials.

How can you tell if you have the flu, allergies or the traditional cold?

If you are feeling the effects of allergies, you typically won't have a fever or much fatigue or body aches. If you have a cold, you might have a mild fever and some body aches. You might feel weak and even have some ear congestion. Colds generally last about a week.

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If you're diagnosed with the flu, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands and stay home.

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