Ohio Department of Health reports second pediatric death in the state

The child died at Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, January 6.

In Dallas County, 18 people have died of the flu, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to what was seen during the 2014-15 flu season which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the (CDC). "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is flawless". "Most people with the flu should stay home".

There were 1,750 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began in October. "It's about 30% effective but it's still the best thing that we have". You can also protect yourself by washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, staying home when you are sick and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

"Most people with the flu do not need to come to the emergency room, urgent care or even my clinic", said Chief Family Medicine Resident Dr. Rebecca Newton. People who have the flu often feel some or all of the following symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually: fever or feeling feverish/chills; cough; sore throat; runny or stuffy nose; muscle or body aches; headaches; fatigue; and vomiting and diarrhea, which are more common in young children than in adults. She says free vaccines are available at the Health Department on W. Central, as supplies last.

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Residents suffering from flu-like symptoms can take solace they're not alone after Hays County officials estimated more than 300 confirmed cases of the virus at the end of December.

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more unsafe for the elderly and young children, Johnson said.

Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part. "Every spring, we try to guess what strains are going to be in the environment, so six months before anybody really is getting ready for flu, we're guessing from the Southern Hemisphere what's going to happen in the Northern Hemisphere", he said.

Anyone who is particularly at risk - including the elderly and those with heart and/or lung conditions - should seek immediate medical attention if they show flu-like symptoms.

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