State health officials are urging Hoosiers to get a flu shot this fall. The recommendation is an effort to keep flu numbers low during the coronavirus pandemic.

State Health Department Reports 64 Flu-Related Deaths

Feb 24, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, confirmed a total of 64 flu-related deaths this season in a report released Friday. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Seven Indiana schools have closed due to the flu so far. And several others are reporting high absentee rates. But state education officials say there’s no cause for concern. 

Indiana Reports First Flu Death

Oct 22, 2019

Indiana has reported the first flu-related death of the season. The Marion County Public Health Department confirmed the death occurred there. 

Influenza Increase Spark Restrictions

Mar 21, 2019
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Allen County health officials are establishing visitation restrictions at local healthcare facilities and hospitals due to a recent flu outbreak.

Health commissioner Deb McMahan says an aggressive strain of influenza A -- also classified as H3N2 -- poses severe risk to both very young and elderly populations, as well as patients with respiratory or heart problems.

Influenza Activity Declining, Flu-related Deaths Persist

Mar 23, 2018
Araceli Gomez-Aldana


UPDATE: The total number of flu-related deaths has reached 293, that’s up four from last week.


For the first time this flu season Allen County reported zero influenza-related deaths.


Last year, Indiana ended its flu season with a total of 103 deaths.

UPDATE: Hospitals Lift Visitor Restrictions

Mar 16, 2018

Allen County hospitals are lifting visitor restrictions, effective immediately. The restrictions were implemented in January as a precaution to the spread of influenza.

For the safety of patients and staff over the last 10 weeks, hospitals have been limiting visitors to two per patient at one time and only visitors who are at least 18 years of age.


Flu Takes Toll In Northern Indiana

Mar 1, 2018
Courtesy of the Indiana Dept. of Health

The Indiana State Department of Health says Hoosiers are battling a widespread distribution of influenza-like illnesses. By Feb. 24, a total of 244 Indiana residents have died this season from what is believed to be flu-related illness.  

Over the course of the week between Feb. 17 and Feb. 24, four northern Indiana counties suffered enough influenza-associated deaths to put them over the threshold for reporting.

DeKalb, Elkhart, Noble, and St. Joseph counties all now have over five influenza-associated deaths. Adams, Grant and Allen counties were already over the threshold. Allen County now has 20 influenza-associated deaths, up two from the week before.


Adenoviruses Mimic Flu Symptoms

Feb 9, 2018
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the midst of the influenza season many could be misinterpreting their common cold or flu symptoms.

Allen County Confirms Seven Flu-Related Deaths

Jan 25, 2018
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Allen County Department of Health confirmed seven flu-related deaths this week and they are investigating additional cases. The department tracks influenza deaths by county of residence.