H1N1 flu death reported in Morgan County

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Indianapolis - Indiana state health officials reported one death in Morgan County from H1N1 flu-related complications.

It's the second death related to H1N1 in the state this week. A Tippecanoe County woman also died from flu-related complications.

The Indiana State Department of Health will not be releasing any other information about the individuals for confidentiality reasons.

To date, there have been seven H1N1 flu-related deaths in Indiana. After this week, the Department will continue to report any flu-related deaths (H1N1 and seasonal flu) in the weekly flu activity report<:http: flu="" www.in.gov="">.

<:http: flu="" www.in.gov="">"My heart goes out to the families," said Joan Duwve, M.D., medical director for Public Health and Preparedness.   "It is a sad reality that H1N1 flu, just like any influenza, has the potential to cause severe illness and even death."<:http: flu="" www.in.gov="">

"I understand that news of deaths from H1N1 flu-related complications is going to make the public even more anxious to get the H1N1 flu vaccine, and we do wish we had enough of the vaccine for every Hoosier," said Dr. Duwve. "We have placed orders for all of the H1N1 flu vaccine that has been allocated for Indiana and the local health departments are working hard to get vaccine out to the public as soon as possible."

Dr. Duwve reminds Hoosiers that something everyone can do to help prevent the spread of influenza is to Clean, Cover, Contain: Clean your hands thoroughly and frequently, Cover your cough and sneeze, and Contain your germs by staying home if sick.

In addition, Dr. Duwve recommends getting the seasonal flu vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, but the seasonal flu is also circulating in Indiana. People can find seasonal flu vaccine by checking the American Lung Association Web site. Again, this is only for seasonal flu vaccine.