First pediatric flu death reported in Ohio

Joy Montgomery
January 11, 2018

The Ohio Department of Health has released that just under 4,000 cases of flu related hospitalizations have been reported in Ohio since October. There have been 3,854 flu hospitalizations reported in Ohio.

"Pair these factors with an early start to the season, and we've got ourselves a bad year of influenza", Scherzer said.

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's record surge of flu cases is crowding clinics, doctors' offices and hospital emergency rooms statewide, health officials said Wednesday.

The influenza is in its peak months in January and February, and, during the last week of 2017, "influenza activity increased sharply in the United States", the CDC said.

Harding said the main reason for the rough flu season stems from the Centers for Disease Control missing the mark on the vaccine to combat the current strain. "Every spring, we try to guess what strains are going to be in the environment, so six months before anybody really is getting ready for flu, we're guessing from the Southern Hemisphere what's going to happen in the Northern Hemisphere", he said. If you do get the flu, then the flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness.

Rodriguez said that even if the vaccine is weak this year, vaccinating is still the most important thing county residents can do to avoid getting sick and mitigate the illness if they do get sick. "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is ideal". "This year the vaccine is not as effective as in years past".

As News 18 has previously reported, state health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in IN is now at 25.

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Statewide, flu is widespread and at levels nearing peak season, the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

It's not too late to get your flu shot.

Anyone who is particularly at risk - including the elderly and those with heart and/or lung conditions - should seek immediate medical attention if they show flu-like symptoms.

Byrne says wash your hands to keep from catching the flu. Antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications.

Public health officials are also urging those who are sick to stay home, and for employers to allow workers to take days away when they're ill.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches.

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