Four flu-related deaths in Medina County this season

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Sometimes those are sick can also have a cough and some people also get a fever, but not everyone with the flu will definitely have a fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU. It was last seen during the 2015-16 season.

"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so".

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2.

Getting vaccinated is imperative, because Clark County moved a step closer to active flu season after entering the new year.

Hospitalization rates associated with the flu remained relatively low, at 5.4 admissions per 100,000 people.

A spokesperson for the HSE said that the best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine.

While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases.

"So we would like everybody who's eligible to get the vaccine", said Russell, noting that it takes about two weeks for antibodies induced by the shot to come into full effect.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk". The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread - protecting those who are most vulnerable, including babies, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems.

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