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LIMA If you thought the mild weather so far this winter would keep the flu at bay, think again.The Allen County Health Department reported 16 influenza-related hospitalizations in January. Thats not a high number, but could be a sign of things to come.No its not real high, but were seeing more, said Becky Dershem, director of nursing for the health department.If you look at a 10-year trend, its kind of January-February through about April. Were right on track to go into it, she said. Regionally, Ohio and Indiana have sporadic reports of influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michigan and Kentucky have local outbreaks. As of Feb. 4, only California was reporting widespread flu cases.Once you have the flu, antibiotics wont help, but its not too late to take preventative action.Its not too late to get the vaccine, Dershem said.She said the flu vaccine this year covers A and B strains of the flu, the two types reported locally.We know what influenza virus strains are going to be the problem, and thats what they put in the vaccine each year, she said.The mild winter so far may not translate into fewer cases of the flu. Its one of many factors. Weather plays a role. Holidays play a role. Whenever people cluster together, Dershem said.Influenza is fever, general malaise and lots of respiratory issues, coughing and feeling miserable. If you have those symptoms get lots of fluids, plenty of rest and stay home. If you are sick, dont go to school or work, Dershem said.If youre not sick, Dershem recommends three steps to stay that way.Stay away from people who come to work that are sick. Get your flu shot, and wash your hands, she said.

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