Ohio Department of Health reports first child flu death of season

Ohio Department of Health reports first child flu death of season

Ohio Department of Health reports first child flu death of season

In Denton County the demand for the flu vaccine has increased in the past month.

In December, the Ohio Department of Health raised the level of flu activity in the state to "widespread", the highest level of concern.

On Jan. 3, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva and its sister hospitals implemented visitor restrictions.

De Lota also attributed the spike in positive flu cases in Hays County to the overall growth in the area. "They can have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, but typically the biggest symptoms are the muscle aches, the sore throat and really just feeling absolute junky".

People who are otherwise healthy with no underlying issues don't need to see a doctor if they feel like they're coming down with the flu.

Rodriguez said this year's strain has a much more H3N2 influenza than H1N1 influenza.

Healthy lifestyle habits can also protect you from seasonal illness.

"People will still benefit from taking the vaccine", he said. Some protection is better than none, and the flu may be less severe in people who have been vaccinated. They can take over-the-counter medication and stay home until their fever goes away for at least 24 hours without medication. "Wash your hands and get your vaccination".

We also reached out to the health departments in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain and Warren counties.

ODH recommends that people get the flu vaccine, which can prevent against certain strains of the flu. But the symptoms will be milder and probably have a shorter duration.

If you have the flu, it's important to isolate yourself. It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect in the body's system. Residents with questions should contact their health care provider.

Each Friday, the Kane County Health Department releases statistics providing an overview of influenza within the county.

The White County Health Department has confirmed one death in the county because of the flu. No public schools had been closed because of increased influenza-like illness.

One UAB infectious disease physician says this year's flu situation is a lot worse than in years past.

"We ask that people educate themselves regarding when to come to the emergency room and when to stay home", Rohler said.

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