Indiana reports 3 flu deaths, 1st of flu season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say three Indiana residents have died from influenza in the state’s first such deaths from the illness in the current flu season.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess says flu activity is now widespread across the state and increasing. He says the state’s recent flu deaths are a reminder that the illness can become very serious and even fatal.

VanNess is encouraging Hoosiers who haven’t received their annual flu vaccine to do so “to protect themselves, their families and the community.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported several flu deaths around the nation, including the deaths of children from the illness. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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