SUMMIT COUNTY — Four adults and one child have died from the flu so far this season in Summit County, officials said Friday.
Ten adults died during the flu season last year, according to the news release from the Summit County Public Health department.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 36,000 people die from the flu each year, the release says.
The flu is widespread across the state as well as for 46 other states, the release says.
Flu symptoms can include body aches, chills, cough, fatigue, fever and headache.
Health officials say flu and the cold are both respiratory illnesses and it’s important to know the difference between them.
The Ohio Department of Health reported this week that a 1-year-old boy from Lucas County and a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County also died from the flu this season.
There have been 3,857 total flu-associated hospitalizations in the state since flu season started in October. Flu season runs from October to May, according to ODH.