The Ohio Department of Health continues to alert the public about the importance of flu vaccination as flu-associated hospitalizations continue to increase across the state as kids head back to school from winter break.
"Each year the World Health Organisation determines which influenza strains should be covered within the influenza vaccination programme and the health services across the United Kingdom use these recommended vaccines as these are likely to be the most effective".
The news comes as the United Kingdom is in the grip of the current flu season, with rates of primary care consultations and hospitalisations increasing week by week.
In the report, 46 states, including MI, are reporting widespread flu activity, which is up from 36 states the week before.
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HPS in its latest report says 'There is continuing evidence of increasing secondary care pressure based on virological detections of influenza'.
We are learning emergency rooms across the Tri-State are overrun by cases of the flu.
State officials wouldn't give specifics on locations, but Knox County has seen no reports of flu deaths so far "that we know of", said Dr. Martha Buchanan, county health department director.
Doctors blame an aggressive strain of the influenza virus, H3N2, and a flu vaccine that's proven to be only about 30 percent effective against it.
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Most people with the flu will have more moderate symptoms and will recover within about a week without medical treatment, by resting and drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, Cottage Health said. She said it is even more important if their baby is younger than six months and therefore, can not get vaccinated.
During this same week a year ago only twelve states had reported widespread flu activity. "We started going up the second week in December". "And flu shots are still available at the health department for those who want them".
"The vaccine is the best protection there is against flu", he added. That is compared to 157 at this same time previous year.
Frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs.
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