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Indiana experiences minimal levels of influenza and reported one new mpox case, COVID-19 cases remain low

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Influenza 

The Indiana Department of Health’s last influenza update, covering the week Jan. 22-28, reflected minimal levels of influenza-like illness statewide.

There have been 164 influenza-associated deaths in Indiana during the 2022-23 flu season; 118 of those deaths were people aged 65 and older. The duration of the 2022-23 flu season is determined by the corresponding Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reporting weeks. Reports of influenza for the 2022-23 flu season started Oct. 8, 2022.  

Based on specimens tested by the IDOH Laboratory, the most common influenza strains circulating this season are H1N1 and H3N2.  

Find locations offering the flu vaccine in Bloomington here

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COVID-19 

Monroe County reported eight COVID-19 cases and zero deaths for the week Jan. 22-28. The county recorded 238 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of January 2023, according to the IDOH.  

Indiana reported 546 COVID-19 cases for the week ending Jan. 28, down 11 cases from the previous week. There were three COVID-19 related deaths in Indiana for the week Jan. 22-28.

The IDOH reported 56 hospital admissions statewide for the week ending Jan. 28.  

Currently, students can receive free PCR COVID-19 tests through drop-off testing on the IU-Bloomington and IUPUI campuses.   

The Pfizer bivalent booster for ages 6 months to 4 years and the Moderna bivalent booster for ages 6 months to 5 years were approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December 2022. The CDC now recommends eligible individuals 6 months and older receive an updated Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.  

In September 2022, the CDC endorsed the use of updated COVID-19 Pfizer boosters for individuals ages 12 years and older and Moderna boosters for individuals ages 18 years and older. According to the CDC, updated COVID-19 boosters better protect against Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants. 

[Related: First on-campus naloxone box installed at student health center

Mpox  

The IDOH reported one new mpox case in Indiana since Jan. 25. There have been 287 total mpox cases in Indiana reported since June 2022.  

According to the IDOH mpox dashboard, Monroe County has reported less than five mpox cases since counting began in June 2022.

Nationwide, the CDC reported 30,123 total mpox cases in the U.S. since counting started in June 2022. There have been 28 total mpox-related deaths in the U.S.  

In November, the World Health Organization announced it would be using the new preferred term “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. WHO stated both terms will be used simultaneously for a year in order to phase out the term “monkeypox.”  

According to IDOH, the JYNNEOS mpox vaccine is recommended for people who have been exposed to mpox and individuals who may be more likely to get mpox. Individuals can search for a location to receive the mpox vaccine here.  

IU Health Positive Link is currently offering mpox vaccines for all high-risk adults. Individuals can call the Positive Link vaccine hotline to schedule an appointment. 

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