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2017-18 flu season expected to be one of worst in years

11 January 2018

There were 1,750 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October. Two strains of the virus are affecting the population - the dominant and more severe influenza A strain (H3N2) which mostly impacts the elderly, and an influenza B/Yamagata strain which affects both adults and children. A 70-year-old woman from Mentor died during the week of December 24-30, and a 92-year-old woman from North Royalton died in October, the board said.

And if you need a little incentive, know that Nevada is listed as one of 26 states with high flu activity this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Clint Koenig is the medical director of the Ohio Department of Health.

The three flu-related deaths are the first ones in Tarrant County in a flu season that has gripped North Texas.

Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. At this time a year ago, there were 834 total cases, with 282 in the final week of December.

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"Bottom line is people should get vaccinated", he said.

"According to the latest data, the now circulating viruses in Hong Kong, including the influenza B and influenza A H1 and H3 viruses, were antigenically similar to the components of the northern hemisphere influenza vaccine adopted in the 2017-18 Government Vaccination Programme and Vaccination Subsidy Scheme", the spokesman said. She says free vaccines are available at the Health Department on W. Central, as supplies last. They should promptly seek medical advice if influenza-like symptoms develop so that appropriate treatment can be initiated as early as possible to prevent potential complications.

Anti-viral drugs can be prescribed for people with underlying heart or respiratory illnesses, and they should arrange that in advance, even if they've had the seasonal flu shot, Kendall said. A study also done on flu vaccination said that it can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza. You can also protect yourself by washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, staying home when you are sick and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Officials say this will be a "very substantial influenza season", with the bug being especially bad in California where 27 deaths are linked to it. They are most effective if they are taken within the first two days of contracting the illness.

2017-18 flu season expected to be one of worst in years