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Third person in Indiana dies from flu

Third person in Indiana dies from flu
Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-24 14:43:08-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- A third person in Indiana has died as a result of the flu.

There is no word on where the death occurred in the state because of privacy rules.

All of three of flu deaths were in people over the age of 50.

At this point last year, Indiana had 97 deaths because of the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control says flu activity is increasing across the U.S.

Flu activity often peaks in February and can last until May.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. It takes about two weeks for it to kick in.

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Flu symptoms usually start about one to four days after being exposed and can last two to seven days. Symptoms are usually worse than those you would experience with a cold:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aces

Ways to avoid the flu:

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when sick
  • Make sure utensils, dishes and linens are clean when using
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing

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