Flu season hits early, hard in Texas

In the first week of January, there were 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH compared to 925 the week before.

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

Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

A four-year-old boy is the first child to die from the flu in Ohio.

Influenza A tends to affect older people more severely, and its incidence is down this year compared to the severe infection levels seen last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw previous year at this time.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the GES, Rebecca Ackwonu on behalf of the Director General said: "An outbreak of Influenza-A H1N1 was confirmed in a secondary school Kumasi Academy (Senior High School) in Ashanti Region in December, 2017".

So far, 34 flu cases have been reported in the county and 1,445 in the state.

The flu season has swamped the urgent care clinic at Kingman Regional Medical Center, where more than 200 patients have been treated for flu-like symptoms in the last three weeks.

Healthy lifestyle habits can also protect you from seasonal illness.

"High fever, body aches, generally feeling very exhausted", Dr. Cannon said.

Even though Schneider said the flu back then was very different from today's flu virus, it still kills 250,000 people every year worldwide. Rodriguez explained that this can happen because the influenza virus is constantly evolving, presenting a moving target for vaccine makers.

Dr. Michael de Lota, family medicine physician at ARC Kyle Plum Creek, said he believed the spike in cases stems from fewer people getting the flu vaccine.

These well intentioned gestures of good cheer coupled with children returning to school create the ideal storm scenario for spreading the flu even further. They can also reduce the symptoms. She says free vaccines are available at the Health Department on W. Central, as supplies last.

Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick. "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".

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs.

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