Ohio flu hospitalizations top 1,900 this season, Cuyahoga County hardest hit

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Ohio health officials say 935 patients with the flu required hospital care last week, nearly doubling the statewide total of flu hospitalizations to more than 1,900 so far this season.

Flu season can stretch from autumn into spring, and this year it appears to be severe and may be peaking early.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the 900-plus hospitalizations last week top the worst weeks of the previous two flu seasons. There were 400 hospitalizations in one week last year, and about 700 in the worst week the previous year.

The Cleveland area appeared hard-hit last week. More than one-third of the reported flu hospitalizations were in Cuyahoga County.

Experts worry this flu season will be rough because the dominant strain isn’t covered in this year’s vaccine.