Update: Flu season ramping up in Indiana, nationwide

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This 1975 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a group of H3N2 influenza A virus virions. On Friday, March 8, 2019, health officials said there’s a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but are watching a recent wave of illnesses from H3N2, a nastier flu strain. (Fred Murphy/CDC via AP)

The Flu Season has jumped in severity in The Hoosier State, with the state moving into the Widespread Activity Level.

That’s the highest level on the CDC’s Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, according to the latest numbers.

Sixteen states are listed as Widespread, with Indiana being the only state in the Midwest. Three deaths have been attributed to the flu in the state, all in patients over the age of 65.

The worst outbreaks of flu in the US are still in the south, in fact the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans has seen more than 1400 cases this year. At the same time last year, they had a total of nine.

Officials say the flu season is ramping up much faster than it has in recent years, and the season could end up being one of the worst in Indiana history.

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