18-month-old in Lucas County dies from flu

Ebony Scott
January 11, 2018

ODH also is reporting 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December. That spike is comparable to the amount seen during the entirety of last year's flu season, and local hospitals have felt the strain.

Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

The victim was a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.

Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible as vaccination is the best protection against seasonable flu viruses.

Around this time of year, it seems like everyone is getting sick - and while that's a normal thing for flu season, the number of people getting sick and staying in the hospital this season is anything but.

Let your doctor know right away if you have symptoms suggestive of the flu during flu season.

Antiviral medications can shorten the course of the flu and reduce its severity. "Public health is our first priority, and I strongly encourage community members to get vaccinated and help prevent the spread of the flu".

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It's not clear yet how effective this year's flu vaccine will be, as federal data on that won't be available till February.

Earlier Wednesday, Tarrant County reported three flu-related deaths, the first ones of the season. This is especially true for those most likely to suffer complications of the flu such as the elderly, chronically ill, and young children. Vaccine effectiveness against other circulating flu viruses has been about 60 percent for H1N1 viruses, and around 50 percent for influenza B viruses.

An unusually bad flu season predicted by some experts hasn't hit the Brantford area.

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

Those with the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Chills, body aches, sore throat, coughing and fever are some of the symptoms that the flu can cause.

He added that both children and pregnant women are among those at higher risk due to the flu, as are people over the age of 63.

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