Four-Year-Old Boy Dies From The Flu In Ohio

ODH also reports 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.

There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October, according to ODH.

The H3N2 virus caused a majority of the cases, a strain that's especially risky because it affects the elderly and those with weak immune systems.

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,978 cases of influenza, including 2,453 cases in the last week of December, the highest number since it began tracking the virus.

"All this getting together closely over the holidays and now locked in because of the cold and the snow, that will enhance the transmission of flu", said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University.

An "unusual" flu season that has already caused a few deaths and several hospitalizations is about to peak across Canada over the next few weeks, or even sooner, experts say. "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is ideal".

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches.

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Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part.

Of course, officials say it's never too late to get a flu shot.

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

He said he recommends the three C's for prevention: Cover your cough, clean your hands and contain it - meaning people should stay home when they are sick.

This year's vaccine is said to be 10%-to-30% effective.

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.

If you have the flu, Tylenol, Ibuprofen and Tamiflu are useful...along with getting plenty of liquids and rest. But for certain serious viral infections - HIV and hepatitis C are good examples - highly effective antiviral drugs have revolutionized care, prevented suffering, and saved countless lives. Among them, 73 cases (88 per cent) did not receive seasonal influenza vaccination for the respective season. "But people who have had it can practically tell you to the minute when it hit because they pretty much were down for the count for three days".

  • Ismael Montgomery