CLEVELAND- The latest figures released by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health show this season’s flu is proving to be both severe and widespread.
So far, seven people have died in the county this season from the flu – a high number for this time of year. All of the deaths have been people who were 70 years old or older.
In terms of breadth, 800 people have been hospitalized in the county because of the flu and 500 of them in just the past three weeks.
The best advice remains to get a flu shot, even though this year’s flu is proving resistant.
“There are some cases out there definitely that do show the variant that’s not within the flu shot” said Richard Stacklin, a data analyst for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
“But the flu shot does reduce the length and severity of the illness. And there are other flu strains out there each season, and you would be protected if those flu strains would be around.”
The board of health’s figures also show about 10 times as many people as normal are going to the doctor for the flu.
Stacklin said if you get the flu, don’t try to tough it out and go to work.
Think of the people around you who might get the flu from you and could get even sicker than you did.
“There’s a lot of people who are immuno-compromised,” he said, “so they can get sicker quicker and it can even be deadly for them.”
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