Flu activity drops back to ‘minimal’ across Indiana

Flu activity dropped from the moderate level in early January to minimal by the end of the month.
Flu activity dropped from the moderate level in early January to minimal by the end of the month.(Indiana Department of Health)
Published: Feb. 7, 2022 at 12:56 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - After peaking in early January at “moderate,” flu activity across Indiana has dropped to minimal levels, according to data tracked by the state’s influenza “Sentinel” system.

So far this season, 18 deaths are attributed to the virus, which, officials said, has also led to six outbreaks at long-term care facilities. Twelve of the 18 deaths have involved a person 65 years of age or older.

Indiana is tracking ahead of the 2020-21 season, which saw little activity during a period marked by limited public interaction and widespread social distancing measures. The current flu season is also shaping up as “below normal” -- slightly ahead of 2015-16, but behind other recent years.

Nationally, the CDC estimates that -- so far this season -- there have been at least 2.1 million flu illnesses, 21,000 hospitalizations and 1,200 deaths from flu.

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