With 7 more flu deaths in Dallas County, toll doubles last season's

Ebony Scott
January 19, 2018

The Ohio Department of Health's flu activity summary for the week of December 31 to January 6 showed that flu remained widespread throughout the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw previous year at this time.

The Douglas County Health Department said child care centers across the metro are vulnerable places during the flu season because the virus hits the young and old particularly hard.

The number of flu-related deaths this season in San Diego County has reached a record high of 142, county health officials said. There have been 45 deaths total in the state.

Officials said 35 of those who died were over 65 years old, and 10 were between 50 and 64 years old. The Health Department believes three of the four were vaccinated.

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Ballard said that the flu season typically runs until late spring so there is still time to get vaccinated. Hawaii is the only state where the flu activity is not widespread. "Of course get your flu shot".

More than 400 people have died from the flu around the country.

Get to the doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu as they may prescribe antivirals which can effectively reduce the symptoms. Nearly 36,000 people die every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Doctors recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu vaccine. There are no vaccine shortages in Ohio.

The CDC says it doesn't know yet if the flu has peaked for the season yet, but it cautions sometimes one strain peaks early, then the second strain picks up steam.

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