Indiana flu deaths rose by 12 last week to 97 total

FILE - In a Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, four-year-old Gabriella Diaz sits as registered nurse Charlene Luxcin, right, administers a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston, Mass. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, Jan. 5, 2014, reported flu season is getting worse. Flu was widespread in 43 states and flu activity was intense in most of them, according to the latest national data for the week of Christmas. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say Indiana recorded 12 flu-related deaths last week, raising to 97 the number of such deaths in the state this season.

The Indiana State Health Department’s latest flu report shows nine of the 12 deaths for the week ending Jan. 17 were among people age 65 and older. Of the state’s 97 total deaths this season, 83 have occurred in that age group.

The report issued Friday says two other deaths were among people ages 50-64 and one death occurred in the 25-49 age group.

The counties with the most flu deaths are all in northern Indiana, with Allen (Fort Wayne) and Lake (Gary) each recording 10 deaths and St. Joseph (South Bend) reporting nine.


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