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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:47 pm 
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Indiana has reported 13 more deaths in week 3 (which follows 17 deaths in week 2), raising the season total to 40.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:51 pm 
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 The current percentage of ILI reported by the emergency department surveillance (ED) system was (4.58 %) and by the sentinel surveillance system was (4%). Widespread and high influenza activity was reported to the CDC.
 During week 03, 44% (29/66) specimens were positive for influenza. Twenty-seven were positive for influenza A/H3, one was positive for Influenza A /H1N1pdm virus, one was positive for influenza B, and one was positive for influenza B. The percentage of positive specimens decreased from the previous week.
 Two specimens for persons 65 and older were identified as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV.)
 Thirteen adult influenza-associated deaths were officially reported in week 03. A total of 40 influenza deaths have been reported for the 2012/2013 season. Two are under 18 years of age.
 All physicians, laboratories and hospitals are to report influenza-associated deaths to local health department within 72 hours of knowledge of death.
 Fourteen of the reported deaths were vaccinated with a 2012/2013 influenza vaccine. The vaccination status was unknown for sixteen cases, and ten were documented as unvaccinated.
 The ISDH does not report the number of deaths in each county until five deaths have occurred in a specific county. Marion County now has had five reported deaths.
 Thirty eight of the deaths had underlying medical conditions. The remaining 2 deaths did not indicate there were underlying medical conditions. Nine of the deaths had 1 underlying medical condition. The most commonly reported single underlying medical conditions were Cardiac Disease (3), Diabetes (3), Asthma (2) and Renal Disease (1). Twelve persons had two underlying medical conditions, thirteen had three underlying medical conditions and three had four or more underlying medical conditions. The most common underlying medical conditions reported (listed in order of most to least reported) were cardiac disease, diabetes mellitus, COPD, Renal Disease, HTN, Cancer, asthma, metabolic disorder, dementia, neuromuscular disease, and Down’s Syndrome.
 The most common complication reported during acute illness was acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. Other complications collected on the reports were shock, altered mental status, sepsis, dehydration, pulmonary hemorrhage and urinary tract infection.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:54 pm 
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Number of 2012/2013 deaths associated with laboratory confirmed influenza, by age category –
Indiana, January 23, 2013
Age category (yrs) Total number this week Season Total
Number of deaths associated with influenza
0-4 0 0
5-18 0 2
19-24 0 0
25-49 1 1
50-64 2 4
65+ 11 33
Unknown 0 0
Total 14 40

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:57 pm 
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Wk 2
 The current percentage of ILI reported by the emergency department surveillance (ED) system was (4.2 %) and by the sentinel surveillance system was (4.07%). Widespread and moderate influenza activity was reported to the CDC.
 During week 02, 63% (26/41) specimens were positive for influenza. Twenty-one were positive for influenza A /H3, one was positive for Influenza A /H1N1pdm virus, three were positive for influenza B, and one was positive for both influenza A/ H3 and influenza B.
 Seventeen adult influenza-associated deaths were officially reported in week 02. A total of 27 influenza deaths have been reported for the 2012/2013 season. Two are under 18 years of age.
 All physicians, laboratories and hospitals are to report influenza-associated deaths to local health department within 72 hours of knowledge of death.
 Nine of the reported deaths were vaccinated with a 2012/2013 influenza vaccine. The vaccination status was unknown for sixteen cases, and three were documented as unvaccinated.
 The ISDH does not report the number of deaths in each county until five deaths have occurred in a specific county. No county in Indiana has had five reported deaths.
 Twenty of the deaths had underlying medical conditions. The most common underlyling medical conditions reported were cardiac disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus, asthma, metabolic disorder, and renal disease.
 The most common complication reported during acute illness was acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia.
 The ISDH, in cooperation with local health departments, has followed up with 17 Indiana long term care (LTC) facilities reporting respiratory illnesses. The ISDH Laboratory has identified influenza A/ H3 in patient specimens from seven of the facilities. Twenty five specimens have been obtained from 7 LTC’s reporting respiratory illness. In 2 of the facilities, two patients have been identified as being positive for both influenza A/ H3 and influenza B. Both co-infected patients died. Two LTC’s reporting respiratory illness that had negative specimens are being tested further to assist in identifying other respiratory viruses that may be circulating.
 The ISDH sent a newsletter to all LTC facilities on Friday, January 11 updating the facilities about influenza activity with suggestions on how to decrease transmission and a reminder to offer flu vaccine to staff and residents.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:52 pm 
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Number of flu deaths in Indiana rises to 40

Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 12:24 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 12:24 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The number of flu deaths in Indiana has risen to 40 for the 2012-2013 flu season. Of the 40 deaths, 38 people had an underlying medical condition according to state health officials.

“While everyone should get their flu vaccine, individuals with underlying medical conditions are clearly at high risk this season and absolutely need to be vaccinated,” said State Health Commissioner William C. VanNess II, M.D. “Flu activity remains high and we simply don’t know if it has peaked yet. Continue to wash your hands often, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.”

Symptoms of the cold vs. the flu

During the 2011-2012 flu season there were no flu-related deaths in Indiana and there were only three deaths in the 2010-2011 flu season.

State officials encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. A flu vaccine locator can be found at www.Flu.gov . Flu vaccine can typically be found at local health departments, pharmacies and with health care providers.

For more information about Indiana’s 2012-2013 influenza season, visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov .

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:56 pm 
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The flu has claimed the lives of another 13 people in the state this week and five in Marion County alone, state health officials report, which brings the total death toll this season to 40.

Two of the Marion County deaths had been previously reported by the Marion County Public Health Department but because the state and county issue their reports on different days, the state first reported them today.

Statewide, the percent of patients seen in emergency rooms and sentinel outpatient clinics complaining of flulike symptoms ticked up slightly this week from last, according to the weekly influenza report issued by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Emergency departments reported that 4.58 percent of their patients presented with flulike symptoms up from 4.21 percent last week and 4.01 percent the week before.

Emergency departments reported that 4.58 percent of their patients presented with flulike symptoms up from 4.21 percent last week and 4.01 percent the week before.

Marion County also saw an increase in emergency department visits but the growth was not as dramatic as that seen the previous week, county health officials say. Just over 5 percent of all emergency room visits in Marion County were for flu-like symptoms, a 28 percent increase over the previous week.

The flu season has been a particularly bad one this year across the nation. Flu activity remained elevated in all parts of the country as of Jan. 12th, federal health officials reported. However, in a sign that the flu might be abating, disease activity had decreased in some areas of the country.

However in Indiana, flu remains potentially deadly for some.

Thirty-eight of those who died had underlying medical conditions and some had multiple problems. Fourteen of those who died had received the flu vaccine, 10 had not, and vaccination status was not known for the other 16, the state’s report said.

All of those who died in the past week were adults, 11 of them over the age of 65. This season there have been two flu-related child deaths.

Last week all the Marion County hospitals and many elsewhere put in place visitor restrictions. Only immediate family over the age of 18 are allowed to visit hospitalized patients. Those with flulike symptoms have also been asked to stay away.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:58 pm 
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Flu related deaths climb to 40 in Ind.

It's never too late to get a flu shot

Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 12:28 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 12:19 PM EST



INDIANAPOLIS (WTHI) - According to a new release from the Indiana State Department of Health, the number of flu-related illness deaths have increased to 40.

Of the 40 dead, 38 individuals had underlying medical conditions such as hearth disease, diabetes, asthma and renal disease. Also of the 40 deaths, 33 have occurred in individuals older than 65 years and two of the deaths occurred in individuals younger than 18 years.

The spread of this most recent strain of flu virus has affected many in the Wabash Valley as well, and health officials are encouraging all to get a flue shot if they haven’t already. Though the flu vaccine does not guarantee immunity, it is still the best protection from flu.

“While everyone should get their flu vaccine, individuals with underlying medical conditions are clearly at high risk this season and absolutely need to be vaccinated,” said State Health Commissioner William C. VanNess II, M.D. “Flu activity remains high and we simply don’t know if it has peaked yet. Continue to wash your hands often, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.”

Flu vaccination is recommended for anyone six months of age or older. It is especially important for those at higher risk of complications related to the flu, to get vaccinated. High risk individuals include pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly.

Symptoms of influenza include: high fever, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches and sore throat. Health officials encourage anyone experiencing these symptoms to contact their health care provider.
http://www.wthitv.com/dpp/healthy_livin ... -40-in-ind

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:59 pm 
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Indiana flu deaths rise to 40

Most victims older than 65

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana health officials said the state’s flu-related deaths have grown to 40, with most of those victims older than 65.

The State Department of Health reported Wednesday that Indiana’s death toll from the current flu season grew to 40, up from last week’s 27 reported deaths.

The agency said 33 of Indiana’s flu deaths have been among people older than 65. The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said last week the current flu season is “a bad one for the elderly.”

Thirty-eight of Indiana’s flu deaths were among people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.

State Health Commissioner William C. VanNess II said flu activity remains high “and we simply don’t know if it has peaked yet.”
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:01 pm 
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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – There have been 40 deaths related to influenza in the Hoosier State since November, the Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday.



The number is an increase from 27 deaths reported on January 17. Of the 40 deaths that have occurred in Indiana, 38 of them have been individuals who had an underlying medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or something else. Thirty-three of the deaths have been with the victims age 65 or older. Two others were in people younger than 18.



State health officials continue to urge everyone age six months and older – unless they have it already - to receive the flu vaccination.



“While everyone should get their flu vaccine, individuals with underlying medical conditions are clearly at high risk this season and absolutely need to be vaccinated,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. William C. VanNess. “Flu activity remains high and we simply don’t know if it has peaked yet. Continue to wash your hands often, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.”



While it may not completely prevent the flu, the vaccine has been found to be 62 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine protects against the most common strains of the influenza: H3N2, H1N1 and Influenza B.



For more information about Indiana’s 2012-2013 flu season, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.StateHealth.in.gov.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:03 pm 
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State flu-related deaths now at 40

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:11 PM

Influenza continues to be a concern in Indiana, as state health officials are now reporting 40 deaths due to flu-related illness. Of the 40 deaths, 38 individuals had underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma and renal disease. A large majority of the deaths, 33, have occurred in individuals older than 65 years and two of the deaths occurred in individuals younger than 18 years.



State health officials encourage all Hoosiers to get vaccinated to help protect against the flu. A flu shot locator can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health website at http://www.StateHealth.in.gov or by visiting http://www.Flu.gov. The CDC has reported this season’s flu vaccine as being approximately 62 percent effective. Health officials stress that while the flu vaccine does not guarantee immunity, it is still the best protection from flu.


“While everyone should get their flu vaccine, individuals with underlying medical conditions are clearly at high risk this season and absolutely need to be vaccinated,” said State Health Commissioner William C. VanNess II, M.D. “Flu activity remains high and we simply don’t know if it has peaked yet. Continue to wash your hands often, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.”


This season’s vaccine offers protection against the three most common strains of influenza: H3N2, H1N1 and Influenza B. The H3N2 strain appears to be predominant thus far in the 2012/13 flu season.


Flu vaccination is recommended for anyone six months of age or older. It is especially important for those at higher risk of complications related to the flu, to get vaccinated. High risk individuals include pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and the elderly.


Symptoms of influenza include: high fever, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches and sore throat. Health officials encourage anyone experiencing these symptoms to contact their health care provider.


Thorough and frequent hand washing, covering your cough with a tissue or your sleeve and staying home when you are sick can all help reduce the spread of the flu.


For more information about Indiana’s 2012-2013 influenza season, visit the Indiana State Department of Health at http://www.StateHealth.in.gov.

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