Lee County sees jump in flu cases

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Each year there is a different vaccine, and the vaccinations protect people from several strains of flu.

For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown. Since September, Ottawa Public Health has recorded 77 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, similar to the amount seen at the same time a year ago.

"After the vaccine, it takes a couple of weeks, because you have to build antibody", Lee said. Parents should keep their sick children at home so they do not spread the flu to others.

"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.

MEDINA, Ohio- There have been four flu-related deaths in Medina County this influenza season, the Medina County Health Department said. In the Interior Health region, 50 children under the age of 10 had been hospitalized up to the end of December, while in 2015-16, just eight were hospitalized throughout the entire flu season. So far 97 percent of the positive tests have been for influenza Type A, which causes more serious complications and symptoms than influenza B, Melnick said.

This time past year, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since.

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"CDC monitors flu viruses because changes can impact the effectiveness of flu vaccine".

Maintaining healthy habits, like getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water, can also help you stay healthy this flu season.

The HSE has urged all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.

There have been 11 deaths reported this flu season compared to 91 at this point during the 2017-18 season.

The most common strain that's circulating is H1N1, which is more likely to affect young adults and children, rather than the elderly. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.

The swine flu is the main strain of virus circulating. The CDC's Twitter account is also a helpful resource to stay on top of the latest information about this year's flu.

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