4-year-old boy dies from flu in Ohio

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ODH also is reporting more than 1,700 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December. That spike is comparable to the amount seen during the entirety of last year's flu season, and local hospitals have felt the strain.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the outbreak of the Influenza-A H1N1 that occurred at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School has ended.

In December, the Ohio Department of Health raised the level of flu activity in the state to "widespread", the highest level of concern. Flu isn't one of them and most people who come down with it don't get a definitive lab test, so it's harder to track, Fautin said.

If you experience flu-like symptoms, stay home 24-48 hours after symptoms resolve, unless you are seeking medical care.

In response to all of those people getting sick, Mercy Health St. Rita's has officially made the decision concerning people that are thinking about stopping by and seeing a loved one - if you're feeling sick with the flu, they're asking you to please stay home.

Regardless of current gripes or criticism you might hear regarding the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, get a shot anyway.

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"We definitely saw a large increase in the last couple of weeks here in Denton County, much more so than the previous year and earlier than previous years too", Rodriguez said.

Even though Schneider said the flu back then was very different from today's flu virus, it still kills 250,000 people every year worldwide.

To make matters worse, some pharmacies are dealing with temporary shortages of flu medications, due to demand.

Use a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid using your hands, but if you do, immediately wash or use antibacterial cleanser to help prevent germs from spreading. 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 said in order for the CDC to produce the correct vaccination, it must correctly predict what type of flu strain will be prevalent.

"Flu is hard to predict", said Dr. Clint Koenig, Ohio Department of Health medical director. Antiviral drugs work best when administered within two days of getting sick.

People exhibiting symptoms of the flu are encouraged to first call or visit their primary care providers or urgent care clinics.

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