Indiana flu deaths reach 43

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The Indiana State Department of Health says the number of flu deaths in Indiana has risen to 43.

The new total is up from 40 last Wednesday when the agency released its most recent flu report.

Agency spokesman Ken Severson confirmed the new total.

Flu Q&A here.

Thirty-six of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 and older. Two have occurred in younger than 18 years and five have occurred in age 18-64 years. At least 38 had underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma and renal disease.

Health officials say your best protection against the flu is a flu shot, staying away from sick people, frequent hand washing and practicing healthy habits like getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet.

The Marion County Health Department is holding free flu shot clinics this week at the following locations: 

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Marion County Public Health Department Training Building
4012 N. Rural St.
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Raphael Health Center
401 E. 34th St.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31

Citizens Health Center
1650 N. College Ave.
8 a.m. – Noon

Friday, Feb. 1

Shalom Heath Care Center
3400 Lafayette Rd.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2 

2045 Rama Drive (near 21st. and Shadeland Ave.)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 Where to get a flu shot in central Indiana.

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