INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are reporting the first influenza-related death of the season and warning a severe flu season could be ahead.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday the flu death of a 65-year-old person who had not been vaccinated against the virus.
Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams is urging all Indiana residents to get vaccinated and to see a health care provider because drugs can reduce the severity and length of the flu if taken within 48 hours of showing symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that H3N2 flu viruses have been the most common so far this flu season and historically more hospitalizations and deaths are reported during seasons when H3N2 viruses are dominant.
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