Indiana flu deaths rose by 30 last week to 66 total

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say Indiana recorded 30 flu-related deaths last week, raising to 66 the number of such deaths in the state this season.

The latest flu report issued Friday by the Indiana State Department of Health says 26 of the 30 deaths during the week ending Jan. 3 were among people older than 65, an age group that accounts for 60 of the deaths this season. Four others this season have been among people ages 50-64 and two among people ages 25-49.

Six or more flu deaths have been recorded in Lake, Allen, St. Joseph, Kosciusko and Tippecanoe counties, and five in Hamilton County.

The report says the percentage of flu-related illnesses reported by a statewide surveillance system fell to 4.7 percent last week from 8.2 percent the previous week. 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 or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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