Indiana reports 3 flu deaths, 1st of flu season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say three Indiana residents have died from influenza in the state's first such deaths from the illness in the current flu season.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess says flu activity is now widespread across the state and increasing. He says the state's recent flu deaths are a reminder that the illness can become very serious and even fatal.

VanNess is encouraging Hoosiers who haven't received their annual flu vaccine to do so "to protect themselves, their families and the community."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported several flu deaths around the nation, including the deaths of children from the illness.

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