Flu hospitalizations soaring in Ohio

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Cheshire East Council and NHS England are encouraging everyone who is eligible for a free flu vaccination to make sure that they have it, as we are now seeing more cases.

Physicians in multiple locations have reported an increase of patients presenting flu-like symptoms since the season began.

The Tennessee Department of Health is offering free flu vaccines at all county health departments in the state while supplies last.

He said: 'We know from the PHE publications that past year, the effectiveness of the conventional influenza vaccines in the over-65s was not apparent. "Here in Knox County, we are definitely high, based on the number of patients being seen".

"Given that we've already seen a large increase in cases of flu this winter, I'd encourage those who are eligible - including those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and healthcare workers - to make getting the vaccination a priority and book an appointment with their GP practice or health board as soon as possible".

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed Utah on its list of states having "widespread" flu activity last week, its highest level.

Locally in OH, there were no reports of any influenza-associated hospitalizations in Adams County, while there were two hospitalizations reported in Brown County on the last week of the year.

Even though this year's vaccine might not be foolproof, doctors say it's still the best defense.

No one in Johnston County could talk with us about the flu on camera, so we stopped into the Bryan County Health Department.

Paul Twomey, medical director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "It's not too late to get your flu vaccination". "Thirty percent protection is still better than zero". This means that those who are particularly vulnerable are now at more risk. Dr. Buchanan urges people to call their doctor first before going to the emergency room. He said things will likely get worse before improving.

Frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs.

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