State health officials are reporting the first influenza-associated death in Indiana for the 2015-2016 flu season. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. Although this death has occurred early in the flu season, state health officials report influenza, or flu, activity is currently minimal in both the state and country. Hoosiers are encouraged to take this time to get a flu vaccine. State health officials say everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. People can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands and staying home when sick.