Flu Cases Slightly Down; Health Officials Warn Virus is Still Dangerous

Flu-related hospitalizations have fallen across the state of Ohio but health officials warn that the virus is still widespread and dangerous. As of January 20, there have been 7,353 influenza-related hospitalizations in Ohio, according to the most recent Ohio Department of Health report. Three children have died in Ohio from the flu and 37 across the country.

Clint Koenig, MD the medical director of the Ohio Department of Health told the Columbus Dispatch that this season’s flu is so brutal largely because many current cases are caused by H3N2 influenza, a strain that is particularly aggressive, affects the elderly and the young more severely and naturally mutates, rendering vaccines less effective.

Health officials say it is still too soon to determine if the season has hit its peak and urge people to get the flu vaccination.

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