Ohio sees increase in flu cases

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – According to the Ohio Department of Health, more than two hundred people were hospitalized with the flu last week.

It’s the biggest jump in cases so far this flu season.

According to Dr. William Brady with Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg, the increase is apparent.

“Now in the late february early march time we have seen an increase in both influenza A and influenza B,” said Dr. Brady.

According to Montgomery county’s weekly flu report, there have been a total of fifty flu hospitalizations since October.

Statewide this flu season, 653 people have been hospitalized.

A good chunk of those being admitted last week.

“It happens different times throughout each year. There’s no particular reason why it’s later in the season this year,” Dr. Brady said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio is one of 33 states reporting widespread flu activity.

Miamisburg resident Elsa Schmolinsky’s  dad caught the virus last week.

“He was coughing and had a fever,” Schmolinsky said.

Schmolinsky and her friend Christy Riley didn’t get a flu shot this year.

“I figured if I’m going to get it, I’m going to get it. I work in child care so it’s kind of a hit or miss kind of thing,” Riley said.

“I didn’t really have time so I didn’t get vaccinated,” said Schmolinsky.

Dr. Brady said the flu vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling ill with the flu.

“We always recommend people to get their flu shots. it is getting later in the flu season but it’s never too late especially if you get vaccinated and can avoid the flu,” he said.

Doctors also suggest frequent hand washing and covering coughs in your arm to prevent the virus from spreading.

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