Indiana health officials have confirmed the loss of yet another young life to the flu.
According to a report released by the Indiana Department of Health on Friday, a child between the ages of 6 months and 23 months has tragically passed away due to complications from the flu.
This marks the fourth pediatric flu death in Indiana this season, and the youngest victim since the flu season began in October.
This devastating news comes amidst a surge of flu-related deaths in Indiana, with state health officials reporting a staggering 261 fatalities during the 2022-23 flu season, a sharp increase from the 83 deaths recorded during the previous season.
The situation is particularly alarming for families with young children, who are among the most vulnerable populations to the flu’s severe symptoms.
Despite this grim situation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported ‘minimal’ flu activity in Indiana as of April 15.
This report serves as a stark reminder of the importance of taking preventative measures against the flu, including getting vaccinated and practicing good hygiene.