Increasing cases of flu this season


For example, Fairfield Medical Center has seen 91 flu cases since October 1, 2017, with 11 of them coming this month.

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

The numbers are also up across the state.

When it comes to the flu, there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk (and the risk to those around you). That dwarfs the 369 hospitalizations at this time past year.

The strain of the flu causing this increase in seasonal cases is the H3N2 strain, said Dr. Edward Khan, medical director of disease control for the Jefferson County Department of Health.

The H3N2 virus, a.k.a. influenza A, is the main strain making people sick, and it's tough to fight.

"Public health officials will tell you it's still the best way to prevent the flu", Schlueter said of the vaccine.

White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar says she administers 600 doses of the flu vaccine each year. "It was south of us, but it moved north definitely since the holidays", said Oilar. Randy Bergen, a pediatrician who is leading Kaiser Permanente-Northern California's anti-flu effort.

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National media outlets are reporting that the flu virus is less effective than usual this year, which could be a cause of the severe season.

He said most cases of the flu do not require hospitalization.

"We don't know, that's the scary thing about the flu". This is especially true for those most likely to suffer complications of the flu such as the elderly, chronically ill, and young children.

At the same time, the number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada. Antiviral drugs work best when administered within two days of getting sick. Another factor is a fear of getting the flu from the vaccine.

The state's top health official is encouraging Hoosiers who haven't gotten a flu shot to get one. "If a person has a flu-like illness without signs of serious illness, (they) should remain at home", he said.

Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze into your arm or a disposable tissue.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. She says the December spike hit quickly, prompting the hospital to implement its' policy on employee vaccination.