Eight people in Hamilton County have died from the flu so far this season.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports the state has passed last year’s flu-related death total, with 107 deaths this season. Last year the state reported 103 deaths.
In Hamilton County hospitals have been on visitor restrictions since the end of December. Both Riverview Health and St. Vincent Camel have implemented the restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
The restrictions are:
• No visitors with influenza-like illness, fever or cough.
• No visitors under the age of 16, unless special arrangements are made.
• No visitors except immediate family, partner or significant other.
Most of the deaths in the state have occurred in people 65 years old or older. So far 83 people in the age group have succumbed to the flu.
There have been 15 deaths in the 50 years old to 64 years old age group.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

• Fever or feeling feverish/chills. It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Headaches
• Fatigue (tiredness)
• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say flu season runs from October to May, with most cases occurring between December and March.