Influenza is on the rise in northeast Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said Thursday.
CLEVELAND - Flu season is getting into full swing across the country, and some areas are getting harder hit than others – even in northern Ohio.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Ohio among more than 20 states in the highest category for activity level of influenza-like illness, as of the last week in December.
Neighboring states of Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan are also in the highest category – all colored in red on CDC's map.
The health website WebMD created an interactive map showing a county-by-county breakdown of which counties are showing the most cold and flu symptoms. The map grades each county on a scale from 1 to 5. Here's a listing of counties in northern Ohio:
Most Severe (No. 5):
Severe (No. 4):
Moderate (No. 3):
Mild (No. 2):
Most Mild (No. 1):
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NewsChannel5's Lee Jordan spoke with a doctor about how this flu season is particularly active. See the video for the interview.
Supervisor of Clinical Services at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health Cindy Modie and the staff there are gearing up for an impending flu immunization season.
Residents in Lorain County can head to the fairgrounds Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a flu vaccine. The flu shot costs $15. For non-residents, it costs $20.
The American Academy of Pediatrics urged parents Monday to vaccinate children against the flu as soon as possible.
The number of Ohioans hospitalized with the flu since last September jumped dramatically over the previous year, but health officials say there isn't an easy explanation for the increase.
The flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children so far -- about the average toll.
You never want to sit next to that guy during flu season.
It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting senior citizens, the most vulnerable age group.
The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again last week, U.S. health officials said Friday.