As flu season picks up around the county, the age-old question will be asked, “should I get a flu shot?”
One number that might tip the scales come from the Ohio Department of Health; more than 2,100 people have been hospitalized with the flu this season.
According to the state, week 52 had 925 new flu-associated hospitalizations which increased from 554 during week 51. Compare that to 157 at this same time last year, and maybe it’s time to see the doctor.
“The Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible as vaccination is the best protection against seasonable flu viruses,” a statement said. “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection against the flu to set in.”
The Department of Health said there have been 2,104 flu-associated hospitalizations for the 2017-18 flu season, compared to 369 at this same time last year. That’s a 470 percent increase.
Ohio has not reported any flu-associated pediatric deaths so far for this flu season and adult flu-associated deaths are not required to be reported to public health agencies.
According to the Department of Health, an estimated 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year in the U.S and an estimated 20,000 flu-related deaths.
More information about influenza and flu activity in Ohio is available at www.flu.ohio.gov.