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Widespread flu hits 46 states, over 900 hospitalized in OH alone

07 January 2018

According to the Buffalo Trace District Health Director Allison Adams, Mason County has reported laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza.

"And it doesn't take much of a mutation for that particular virus to become more aggressive if you will, and for the vaccine to become less effective, even though it's very closely related to last year's strain", said Dominguez.

MI is now among a majority of states reporting widespread flu activity.

As the county and state enter the highest rated months for flu illnesses, the Sequoyah County Health Department reports, to date, the flu hasn't been that extensive, at least in the county.

OH has not reported any flu-associated pediatric deaths so far for the 2017-18 flu season (adult flu-associated deaths are not required to be reported to public health agencies). Rogers says it's happening at a rapid pace. This year, the illness has claimed nine lives already.

Widespread flu hits 46 states, over 900 hospitalized in OH alone
Widespread flu hits 46 states, over 900 hospitalized in OH alone

"They need to protect that baby with a cocoon of people who are vaccinated around them so they are less likely to make that very vulnerable baby sick." she said. "Don't go in to work".

Most healthy adults can infect others from one day before symptoms are present and up to seven days after becoming sick, according to OSDH.

Oklahoma County recorded 159 hospitalizations, while Tulsa County recorded 120 hospitalizations. In Knox County, the health department offers free flu shots at all three of its locations, Monday through Friday. The U.S. approved the shot under the FDA's accelerated approval program in late 2015. "Our census has been high through the holidays, but not just due to the flu season", said Linda Burt, vice president of Quality and Community Services.

Flu shot or not, experts say, the classic hot water and soap on the regular is key. "We started going up the second week in December".

Frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs. Complications from influenza, such as pneumonia, are more common in the elderly and those with heart, lung or other health conditions.

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Widespread flu hits 46 states, over 900 hospitalized in OH alone