Health Dept. confirms flu death

Brandon Parsons
January 11, 2018

"Our area hospitals and emergency departments are seeing an influx of patients that are seriously ill", said Dr. Mark Wilson, Jefferson County Health Officer. Younger patients tend to present a little bit differently. "You may be here for three hours and believe you will be the next patient".

How do you know if you have influenza?

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

The state has seen over 3,800 flu-associated hospitalizations this season.

"If you're sick, try to stay home if you can", Manrique said. "If you are sick, please stay home to prevent further spread of the virus".

Anyone whose symptoms improve but return with fever or worse cough should get help right away. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began in October. At this time a year ago, there were 834 total cases, with 282 in the final week of December.

Cases of the flu continue to rise in Monroe County, and one person has died as a result of the virus.

"It's spiking and we're concerned now that school starts this week we'll probably see it go even more", she said.

The Ohio Department of Health reports the state's first pediatric flu-related death of the 2017-18 flu season, a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.

A syringe contains the flu vaccine at Tri City Health Partnership, a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

Waterman said protective masks are available at health care offices as well as at kiosks throughout the hospital to be worn by people coming to the medical campus for appointments who have symptoms.

The CDC has only one chance to get the vaccine right, Harding said, meaning it can not offer another one halfway through the flu season. On a call with reporters, state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez said the season may be on of the worst in a decade. "Wash your hands and get your vaccination".

The White County Health Department has confirmed one death in the county because of the flu. The department also advises people to get their flu shots now.

Eat a balanced diet and get plenty of sleep.

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