Flu Season Hitting Indiana Hard
January 10, 2018
Flu Season Hitting Indiana Hard

​​​The number of flu-associated deaths in Indiana this flu season increased sharply in the most recent weekly report from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). As of Dec. 30, 25 Hoosiers have died from the flu, up from nine the week before. Sixteen of the people who died were aged 65 or older. Children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and individuals with chronic medical conditions are most vulnerable to developing flu-related complications. Get the latest data on flu activity in Indiana on the ISDH website and nationwide on the CDC website.​

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Currently, emergency departments (EDs) are experiencing high patient volumes, resulting in long wait times and filled capacity. Patients experiencing mild flu-like symptoms are asked to first contact their primary care physician or visit an urgent care facility or community health center. This will allow EDs to focus resources on treating patients who are critically ill.

IHA will provide updates in IHA Weekly throughout the flu season and at regional patient safety coalition and district meetings. If you have any questions or would like to share how the flu is impacting your hospital, please contact Karin Kennedy, IHA vice president of quality and patient safety, at kkennedy@​ihaconnect.org or 317-423-7737.​



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