CLEVELAND- Three flu-related deaths have been reported in Cuyahoga County this week, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season. Here in Tulsa County, 338 people have been hospitalized since flu season began in September, and the county is now reporting ten deaths.
Flu-associated hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County are at 794, which is a decrease from last season, the collaborative reported.
According to the health department's latest report on Thursday, 45 people, including three in Oklahoma County, have died due to the flu since September 1, 2017. Previous year at this point, only 311 flu patients had been hospitalized statewide.
Flu is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person through sneezing, coughing and contact with hands that touch the eyes, nose and mouth.
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Health departments report increased influenza activity across the state, including at several long-term care facilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw a year ago at this time.
Despite those numbers, experts still suggest getting the vaccine, adding that it lessens the symptoms and prevents serious complications from occurring.
Seven additional people in Dallas County have died from the flu - bringing the total for the season to 38. It is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a provider as soon as possible. Experts also say you should not go to work or school if you have a fever.