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.
White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar said a 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus. "We usually say over and over again that the season would peak around the fifth or sixth week of the year, so in early February".
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw a year ago at this time.
Rodriguez said that even if the vaccine is weak this year, vaccinating is still the most important thing county residents can do to avoid getting sick and mitigate the illness if they do get sick.
ODH also reports 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December.
This year's vaccine is said to be 10%-to-30% effective. You can also protect yourself by washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, staying home when you are sick and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Kmart to close stores in our region
But, they're also closing a store in Urbandale, Iowa. "It could be sooner", Rodriguez said of the store's closure. Another bleak Hudson Valley January, another iconic brick & mortar store closing.
Flu symptoms can come on suddenly with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fatigue, though not everyone with the flu runs a fever, Rohler noted.
"Flu is hard to predict", said Dr. Clint Koenig, Ohio Department of Health medical director. OH does not have a flu shot shortage. If you don't get the shot, doctors say don't help spread the virus.
It's uncertain exactly how long the flu will stick around, but Baber said the vaccines don't expire until the end of June.
Each Friday, the Kane County Health Department releases statistics providing an overview of influenza within the county.
"These antiviral medications can reduce the severity of the flu and prevent serious flu complications", Koenig said.
"We've seen an increasing number of cases in the last week", said Dr. Luis Manrique, an infectious disease specialist who has been working at both Delnor and Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. The positive percentage of influenza detections has increased to 42.8 per cent, with the predominating virus being influenza B. In Guangdong, in the week ending December 31, the proportion of ILI cases among sentinel hospitals was 6.32 per cent while the percentage of respiratory specimens tested positive for influenza was 31.98 per cent.