21 more flu-related deaths reported in IN, 265 in total

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Check out the the graph above from the state Department of Health most recent influenza surveillance report (it covers up to the week ending March 3).

Strains of the flu killed scores of Americans this year, with over 100 deaths among children recorded.

A woman in her 60s, with underlying medical conditions, also died as a result of complications related to the flu. Under the new policy, Essentia boosted its flu vaccination rate to about 98% for the current season, including staff involved in direct patient care, vendors, and volunteers, Prahbu says.

As of March 3, flu remained geographically widespread in 34 states, down from 45 the week before, and was causing high levels of illness in 21 states, down from 32, CDC said.

The Washington Post reported that this flu season has sent more people to the hospital with the illness than any other season in almost a decade.

But nationally, influenza B is on the rise, as is typical in the latter part of the season. Of the victims, 91 were age 65 or older, 12 were ages 50 to 64, and five were ages 25 to 49.

"On the down side, we'd certainly like to see that number always higher than it is".

A 3D render of a flu virus. Somehow the flu virus every year picks up and rapidly spreads genetic variations that overcome established immune system- and scientific- defences
21 more flu-related deaths reported in IN, 265 in total

A total of 276 people have died as a result of the virus since the flu season began October 1.

Flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death.

The number of flu deaths has reached 228 for the season statewide.

"We are starting to see across-the-state declines in the flu season, very similar to what's happening across the country", Gupta said.

Medical officials say it's not too late to get a shot since the flu season can continue into May. Preliminary data shows it was 70% effective at preventing infection with A (H1N1), but only about 20% effective against A (H3N2) - the most common strain in circulation this year. These technologies are capable of producing vaccines that are better created to deal with circulating strains of influenza virus, according to GlobalData. "You can catch them back to back to back like that".

Studies of flu rates comparing eras when school children in Japan had mandatory inoculation to times when they didn't indicate that rates among the elderly went down when all or most children were inoculated, Blumberg said.

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