INDIANAPOLIS — There have been 73 recorded deaths from flu-related illnesses this season across the state of Indiana — an increase from 64 deaths last week.
Of the 73 deaths, 64 have occurred in Hoosiers 50 and older.
Seven Hoosiers between 25-49 have died and two persons between the ages of 5-17 has died.
Influenza-like illness remains very high in Indiana.
The ISDH says 24 long-term care facilities have reported flu outbreaks.
The flu is “spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.
People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose,” according to the ISDH.
- fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
- muscle aches
- sore throat
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.