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Flu by the numbers: Cuyahoga County with highest percentage of confirmed flu hospitalizations

The CDC says the flu shot can help stop the spread of the flu. (Source: MGN Online) The CDC says the flu shot can help stop the spread of the flu. (Source: MGN Online)
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    Health Department reports 3 flu-related deaths last week

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    The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reports three influenza-related deaths occurred between Dec. 7 and Dec. 13. According to the department, the residents were senior citizens from Brecksville, Cleveland and Shaker Heights respectively.More >>
    The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reports three influenza-related deaths occurred between Dec. 7 and Dec. 13. According to the department, the residents were senior citizens from Brecksville, Cleveland and Shaker Heights respectively.
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  • Flu is hitting Cuyahoga County hard

    Flu is hitting Cuyahoga County hard

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    Cuyahoga County Health Officials confirm this is already starting to be a rough flu season. Over the past three weeks, there have been 309 flu-related hospital admissions. That is 162% higher than last year, a total of 191 more cases.

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    Cuyahoga County Health Officials confirm this is already starting to be a rough flu season. Over the past three weeks, there have been 309 flu-related hospital admissions. That is 162% higher than last year, a total of 191 more cases.


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    Flu fears are rising as the bug is hitting Northeast Ohio hard. Local doctors are seeing a huge spike in cases and the number of visits to their offices.More >>
    Flu fears are rising as the bug is hitting Northeast Ohio hard. Local doctors are seeing a huge spike in cases and the number of visits to their offices.More >>
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the 2014-15 flu season may be severe because Influenza A is the predominant virus strain, leading to more severe illness and mortality, especially in older people and young children. 

Also, this year's flu vaccine isn't well-matched to two-thirds of Influenza A viruses circulating, reducing its effectiveness.

From Dec. 14-20, Ohio had 935 new confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations – a dramatic increase over the previous week's 529 new hospitalizations.  Ohio has had 1,919 such hospitalizations thus far during the 2014-15 flu season.  

Ohio had 331 such hospitalizations during this time of year last year, when Influenza A was not the main strain. Ohio had 851 such hospitalizations the same week of the 2012-13 flu season when Influenza A was also predominant. The number of such hospitalizations for that entire flu season exceeded 5,000.

Among Ohio's confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations this year, 177 have been children age four or younger, and 929 have been adults age 65 or older. 

By far, Cuyahoga County has the highest percentage (33.6%) of Ohio's confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations. 

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Vaccination remains the best protection against the flu, its severity and potential serious complications. Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading influenza include hand washing; covering coughs and sneezes; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and staying home when sick until fever-free for 24 hours.

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