Indiana Confirmed More Pandemic H1N1 Flu Cases

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The Indiana State Department of Health reports a total of 291 confirmed cases of the pandemic H1N1 in the state. There have been two deaths associated with the pandemic H1N1 influenza in Indiana since April 20, 2009.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), severe disease and death caused by pandemic H1N1 flu thus far have affected younger adults, children, pregnant women, and persons of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions. The virus has also caused numerous outbreaks in schools and summer camps.

"There are a lot of unknowns about the upcoming flu season, but what we do know is how to prevent the spread of influenza," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. "I want to remind the public we are in a pandemic and the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the spread of the H1N1 flu virus is to practice the three C's: Clean, Cover, and Contain. We need every Hoosier to clean by properly washing their hands, cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue or a sleeve, and contain germs by staying home if they are sick."

State health officials say that although the Department will continue to closely monitor the pandemic in the state, they will no longer be compiling county level data on H1N1 flu cases.

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