Ohio sees highest weekly flu-related hospitalizations reported this season

Ohio sees highest weekly flu-related hospitalizations reported this season

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TONIGHT ABOUT WIDESPREAD FLU ACTIVITY STATEWIDE. THAT’S FIVE YEAR-OLD LILY ON THE RIGHT, 18-MONTH-OLD ADA ON THE LEFT >> OKAY GUYS, YOU READY? YOUR TURN REPORTER: THEY’RE FLU-FREE AND DAD AIMS TO KEEP ‘EM THAT WAY AS FLU SEASON APPROACHES ITS ANNUAL PEAK POINT, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. GETTING AN ANNUAL FLU SHOT IS A WINTER PRIORITY FOR THE KRIS JOHNSON FAMILY OF MARIEMONT. >> EVER SINCE WE’VE HAD KIDS, WE’D GET OURS EVERY YEAR. MY WIFE’S IN HEALTH CARE SO SHE GETS HERS AS A MATTER OF COURSE. I JUST GET IT JUST TO BE SAFE. REPORTER: HE HAD NOT HEARD ABOUT OHIO’S FIRST PEDIATR DEATH OF FLU SEASON, A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL UPSTATE. THEY’RE WELL AWARE AT HYDE PARK PEDIATRICS WHERE STAFFERS WEARING MASKS IS A COMMON SIGH ALONG WITH LYSOL WIPES AND SIGNS OF BEST PREVENTION PRACTICE DR. GREGG KOTTYN IS SEEING TEN TO TWENTY CASES A WEEK. >> THE BLUE YOU CAN SEE LAST YEAR JUST STARTING TO UPTICK. AND THE RED THAT’S WHERE WE ARE THIS YEAR. >> SCHOOL AGE KIDS, I KNOW IT’S TOUGH BUT TRYING TO AVOID SHARING NOTEBOOKS, PENCILS REPORTER: CHRISTMAS WEEK ALONE, NEARLY 400 MORE HOSPITALIZATIONS STATEWIDE. OVER A THOUSAND TOTAL WHICH IS ABOUT TWICE AS MANY AS THIS TIME LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. ANGEL BURTON GOT HER FLU SHOT TH AFTERNOON. SHE’S PART OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY WHICH EMPHASIZES IF YOU’RE FLU-LIKE, AVOID EXPOSING CO-WORKERS OR CLASSMATES TO YOUR SNEEZING OR BREATHING. >> THAT WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO GET SICK AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T GET FLU SHOTS AND WHO CAN’T PROTECT THEMSELVES AS WELL. REPORTER: FLU SHOT EFFECTIVENESS VARIES. MATTHEW SCANLON, A RESIDENT UC MEDICAL CENTER. >> “IT’S NOT PERFECT, BUT IT’S BETTER THAN NOTHING. REPORTER: THERE GOES LILY AND ADA. MOST OF THE KI DOCTORS ARE SEEING ARE AROUND THEIR AGES, DAY CARE TO EARLY GRADES. THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE UNINSURED, THIS IS ONE OF S HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINICS IN THE CITY WHERE YOU CAN GET FREE FLU SHOTS. DAYS AND HOURS VARY. YOU CAN FIND THE LIST AND THE TIMES THEY’RE OPEN ON OU WEBSITE, WLWT.COM. REPO

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Ohio sees highest weekly flu-related hospitalizations reported this season

The Ohio Department of Health has reported that last week had the highest number of flu-related hospitalizations in the state this flu season.ODH said from Jan. 26 to Feb 1, there were 832 people newly hospitalized, which is a 36% increase over the previous week.”The current flu hospitalization numbers are deeply concerning,” said ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton. “While we must remain vigilant about the serious risk posed by the 2019 novel coronavirus, Ohio’s primary infectious disease threat of the moment is flu.”So far this flu season, Ohio has reported 4,465 hospitalizations.Ohio saw its second flu-associated pediatric death of the season this week after an 11-year-old girl died in Lake County.

The Ohio Department of Health has reported that last week had the highest number of flu-related hospitalizations in the state this flu season.

ODH said from Jan. 26 to Feb 1, there were 832 people newly hospitalized, which is a 36% increase over the previous week.

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“The current flu hospitalization numbers are deeply concerning,” said ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton. “While we must remain vigilant about the serious risk posed by the 2019 novel coronavirus, Ohio’s primary infectious disease threat of the moment is flu.”

So far this flu season, Ohio has reported 4,465 hospitalizations.

Ohio saw its second flu-associated pediatric death of the season this week after an 11-year-old girl died in Lake County.