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25 people have died from the flu in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Influenza has caused the death of 25 people in Indiana as of December 30, 2017, according to the Indiana State Health Department.

The flu has been on the uptick across the state, especially at long-term care facilities.

“Unfortunately, as in years past, we are seeing increasing flu activity and the heartbreaking consequences it can have. I urge Hoosiers who haven’t received a flu shot yet to do so. It’s the best way to prevent this serious illness or decrease its severity,” said Kris Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner.

ISHD says the elderly, pregnant women, young children, and individuals with chronic illnesses are prone to the viral infection.

You can become infected with the flu by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

Health professionals say symptoms include a fever over 100 degrees, headaches, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, and a stuffy nose.

If you think you might have the flu, the ISHD urges you to visit your doctor to keep emergency rooms available for critically ill patients.

The department says you can prevent the flu by washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze, and saying home when you are sick.

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