The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit points out during the 2018-19 flu season, there was one death associated with influenza.
"Getting vaccinated is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children, and older adults because they are at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu", concluded Crockett.
Schwieterman encouraged Ohioans who have not yet received their flu vaccine to consider doing so, as flu-related hospitalizations in OH have almost doubled compared to this time past year.
Officials add that it's not too late to get the flu shot but residents who've yet to do so should act fast, as it takes "about two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection".
Influenza is contagious and can spread by droplets from infected people when they talk, cough, or sneeze, the news release said.
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Anyone who is sick or displaying flu-like symptoms, such as chills, cough, runny nose, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or respiratory symptoms in the past 24 hours, should refrain from visiting the hospital. That is 77 more than the previous week and nearly 100 more cases than were reported at this time past year.
Georgia Department of Public Health epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek said the early appearance of Influenza B means children are more likely to get sick.
Through week 52 of the flu season, which ended December 28, there have been 472 influenza-associated hospitalizations and 2,574 outpatient cases reported in the region, according to a GCPH release. She encouraged citizens to get free flu vaccinations at local hospitals as flu patient numbers in Taiwan continue to climb, reported Liberty Times.
Two flu-related deaths were reported to the Middlesex-London Health Unit between December 15 and January 4.
"Even if there is three months left, it still helps to prevent flu. Then properly dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer". The CDC says 6.4 million people have gotten the flu this year, many of them children. These steps include: frequent hand washing, covering your coughs/sneezes with a tissue or into your elbow and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms.