Flu activity now classified as ‘widespread’ in Ohio


Flu activity in Ohio is increasing, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

It’s now being called widespread throughout the state for the first time this flu season. 

The number of flu-associated hospitalizations is also rising, with 338 new hospitalizations during the first week of January, compared to 166 during the last week of December.   

There have been 893 total flu-associated hospitalizations so far this flu season, according to the Department of Health. 

The number of flu cases typically peak between December and February.

The Ohio Department of Health says it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal.

More information about flu and flu activity in Ohio is available at www.flu.ohio.gov.

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