COLUMBUS — Influenza is on the rise in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
So far this flu season, 338 influenza-related hospitalizations have been reported in Ohio, primarily in the northeast part of the state. While this number is low compared to other parts of the country, all residents are still encouraged to be vaccinated.
Most cases concern the H1N1 flu strain, which has a stronger impact on teenagers and young adults. However, seasonal flu strains can carry a high risk for children 6 months or younger, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and the elderly. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue.
This year’s flu vaccination protects against both H1N1 and seasonal flu strains. Vaccines are available at the offices of local health providers, local health departments and retail pharmacy chains.