Coronavirus? Health officials see far bigger risk in flu

Flu is Killing Way More People than Coronavirus

Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that so far, this season there have been more than 21 million flu cases with more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths.

OH health officials point out that Ohioans are much more likely to get sick from the flu than 2019 nCoV.

Findley said last year, flu cases peaked on February 15 at 744 cases, but there's no way to know if we're getting close to this year's high mark. "We can also confirm that we have several patients - adults and children - admitted for the flu and related complications".

Shelby Public Schools superintendent Elliott Crump says during flu season, they work closely with health officials and parents to keep everyone up to date.

The Bureau for Public Health urges all West Virginians 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu.

The Health Center provides flu shots.

"It is never too late to get a flu shot, especially when the virus is circulating in the community,"Slemp said,"We really encourage anyone six months of age or older to get a flu shot and it's especially important for those under 5, the elderly or have chronic health conditions".

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VDH recommends taking three actions to prevent the flu.

Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.

Avoid contact with people who are sick and things they may have touched.

Flu symptoms may come on quickly and include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you get the flu, proper care can lessen symptoms and decrease the time you are ill. Those who are sick should cover their cough and promptly throw away tissues. Eight were associated with influenza B viruses; one had a lineage determined and was a B/Victoria virus. For more information on flu in Virginia, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/influenza-flu-in-virginia/.

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