(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Six more Indiana residents have died of the flu.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported the latest deaths in their weekly influenza report. It brings the state’s total flu-related deaths to 16 for the 2010-11 flu season.
The department does not say which counties the deaths occurred in, but each of the recent victims were over the age of 55.
"Unfortunately, we do have flu-related deaths every year. This is a sad reminder influenza can be very serious and even deadly," said State Health Commissioner Gregory N. Larkin, M.D. "Flu season is definitely not over, and it is not too late to get the seasonal flu vaccine."
"The best defense against influenza is to get vaccinated, and everyone over 6 months of age should get the flu vaccine each year," said Dr. Larkin. "In addition, individuals should be sure to practice frequent, thorough hand washing and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. When possible, of course, they should stay away from known infected persons."
People at the highest risk of flu complications are pregnant women, young children, the chronically ill and the elderly.
For more information on influenza and the seasonal flu vaccine, visit www.in.gov/flu.