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The US may be in for a tough flu season

The US may be in for a tough flu season

He also recommends staying home at the first sign of flu-like symptoms.

Fayette, Jefferson and Pike counties had the highest numbers of flu cases in the state.

USA map of influenza activity. The historical comparison does not include flu-like illnesses. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. The bulk are in the Phoenix metro area, but Coconino County also reports an increase this year with 77 confirmed cases. That's double the amount as the same time a year ago. "The number of cases has been climbing but steadily, not "spiking".

In addition, they say the vaccine doesn't produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that a person's body develops after they get the flu.

"I haven't heard anything as major going on this year as there was last year with hospitals reaching capacity", York said. Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women, the elderly and others at high risk of influenza complications.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

"Although many of our staff are fortunate to enjoy excellent health, even healthy individuals can get very sick from the flu and spread the disease to others", stated the release. For children, medical care should be sought if they are unable to eat, have trouble breathing, if there are no tears when crying or if there are significantly fewer wet diapers than normal.

With the number of flu-related hospitalizations rising in Ohio, Sandusky County Health Director Bethany Brown said she expects county residents to see an increased risk of catching a strain of the flu this season.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs, according to the Health Department.

The adult flu vaccine is available at the Dallas County immunization clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy and the children's vaccine is available at all Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinics.