The Flu Nearly Reached Epidemic Levels This Season

The Ohio Department of Health reports the state's first pediatric flu-related death of the 2017-18 flu season a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.
Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio according to the Cuyahoga County Board

The Ohio Department of Health reports the state's first pediatric flu-related death of the 2017-18 flu season a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County. Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio according to the Cuyahoga County Board

In Dallas County, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported this season, according to WFAA.

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more unsafe for the elderly and young children, Johnson said.

A toddler in Lucas County has died from complications of the flu this week, becoming the second child to die from pediatric flu this season.

Each year is different, but reported cases of the influenza virus usually peak in February.

Arizona is among 26 states that the federal Centers for Disease Control said have high flu activity, with widespread activity reported in 46 states.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig, in a statement.

It seems like we hear the same thing every flu season - it's going to be bad this year.

On social media, Medical City Lewisville educated the public on how to differentiate between the common cold, also normal in the winter weather, and the more serious flu virus. It's still not too late to get vaccinated as the flu season extends until the end of spring.

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Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, and a headache.

"She was a case of comorbidities and also tested positive for H1N1 influenza earlier in the week", they said.

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

"We're having a more severe season (than last year), but two years ago we had a very mild season", she said.

There have been reports that the shot is not as effective this year, but public health officials tracking the vaccine's effectiveness believe it may be better than the model being used in Australia, where it was only 10 percent effective, KRMC's Williams said.

"Flu is hard to predict", said Dr. Clint Koenig, Ohio Department of Health medical director. That means washing hands, covering mouths and staying home from school or work as to not expose others, Johnson said. "Get out there and get your flu shot".

Byrne says wash your hands to keep from catching the flu.

Get vaccinated. The list of reasons to avoid vaccination is short (such as having a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past); and no, the standard injected flu vaccine can not cause you to get the flu. They are most effective if they are taken within the first two days of contracting the illness.

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