CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -The Ohio Department of Health reported the first case of a child dying from flu related symptoms in the state in the 2018-2019 flu season.
A 3 year-old boy died in Highland County last week.
A flu season generally runs from as early as October through May.
This flu season has seen drastically fewer hospitalizations from the flu than last year at this time.
So far this flu season there have been 1,832 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio, compared to 8,611 last year.
Cases of flu are climbing back up after a peak in the early part of January.
“It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Getting the flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu for everyone 6 months and older,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist and chief of the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases. “If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others.”