MEDINA, Ohio– There have been four deaths due to pneumonia in Medina County this season, the Medina County Health Department said.
Flu-like illnesses are trending above the county’s historical five-year average. The report, which was issued on Friday, said the number of emergency room visits associated with the illness are also on the rise.
Flu activity increases in October, with it peaking between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and headache. Complications include pneumonia.
**Editor’s note: The Medina County Health Department clarified the deaths were not flu-related; they were due to pneumonia**