There were 1,750 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January.
In Dallas County, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported this season, according to WFAA.
"Pair these factors with an early start to the season, and we've got ourselves a bad year of influenza", Scherzer said. A 70-year-old woman from Mentor died during the week of December 24-30, and a 92-year-old woman from North Royalton died in October, the board said.
The most recent update to the Walgreen's Flu Index finds Kentucky ranking at No. 14 for states with the heaviest cases of diagnosed influenza.
Jennifer Rohler, emergency services manager at Kingman Regional Medical Center, told the Kingman Daily Miner that wait times can stretch up to four hours and that many sick people are better off just staying home and taking over-the-counter medication.
Let your doctor know right away if you have symptoms suggestive of the flu during flu season.
Rodriguez said that even if the vaccine is weak this year, vaccinating is still the most important thing county residents can do to avoid getting sick and mitigate the illness if they do get sick. A flu shot can also reduce a child's chance of dying from the flu.
It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to influenza following a vaccination, so people should get shots immediately, the department said.
CDC says that flu activity in the USA increased sharply during the first week of January, and is now categorized as widespread in 46 states. H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults.
It's not too late to get your flu shot.
It said, in case of mild fever with sore throat with or without bodyache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, the patient neither requires Oseltamivir nor testing.
In addition to vaccination, public information officer Alexandra Reed said consistent hand washing and staying home if you are sick are the keys to preventing the virus' spread.
People exhibiting symptoms of the flu are encouraged to first call or visit their primary care providers or urgent care clinics.