Meanwhile, four people have died of the flu so far this season in IN, according to the state's department of health.
Like the three previous deaths, the department said the latest victim was over the age of 50.
Influenza has sickened an estimated 6 million to 7 million Americans since October, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In South Carolina, health officials have reported widespread activity for two consecutive weeks. That said, it is still not possible to tell how severe the 2018-2019 flu season will be on the whole, and it is still affecting many lives.
When asked how many pregnant women had been vaccinated, Deyalsingh said pregnant women and health workers have been resisting taking the flu shot and admitted that three pregnant women nearly died from the virus.
The Independent Record reports St. Peter's Health Medical Group in Helena will open a seasonal Cold, Cough and Flu Clinic Monday in response to an increase in cases. Experts advise getting the flu shot, but like most years, it seems there are more flu like illnesses than just the flu strains this year's shot is created to work against.
The number of pediatric deaths related to the flu is rising. People might also get flu by touching a contaminated surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination as the best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications, including death in children. As many as 83,500 people with the flu had been hospitalized by that date.
Dr. Givelichian said another six children in the province have been treated for influenza in intensive-care units.
The Ministry of Health said that people who want the flu vaccine can get in touch with their public health offices. "This is one of the reasons it is so important to get vaccinated". Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February.
But getting sick with flu early in pregnancy makes it twice as likely to have a baby with birth defects of the brain, spine or heart, Gupta said.