St. Joseph County flu deaths--highest in the state

St. Joseph County has been hard hit during the current flu season.

In fact, six of the 11 flu related deaths to occur so far in the State of Indiana have occurred in St. Joseph County.

No other Indiana county has reported more than one flu related death.

“The advice that we would say is contact your physician if you are experiencing any flu type symptoms to contact your primary care physician and seek medical care to see what is the best course of action for you,” said Christine Hinz, Director of Nursing at the St. Joseph County Health Department.

While the flu has typically posed the most problems for people age 65 and over, this year the average age of St. Joseph County’s fatal cases is 46.

“From the statistical information I have it seems like it's the mid 20-s into the 70’s so that's a pretty broad spectrum,” said Hinz.

St. Joseph County’s youngest flu victim was just 25 years ago. The most recent victim died yesterday.

The St. Joseph County Health Department makes influenza vaccines available five days a week at its offices in South Bend and Mishawaka.

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