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.
DAYTON, Ohio - Health officials investigating the death of a western Ohio college student hospitalized with the flu say the young woman appeared otherwise healthy.
Greene County health officials tell the Dayton Daily News ( http://bit.ly/VS91Hx ) the 22-year-old Wright State University student had the Influenza A virus and was hospitalized for four days before she died Tuesday. Officials are trying to determine whether she had any other medical condition that was a factor.
WKEF in Dayton reported the victim is Amelia Perry, a junior who was majoring in communications. She worked as a hostess and server at an area restaurant.
A spokeswoman for the health department in Greene County says officials typically would expect a contributing condition such as diabetes or asthma in such a death, but the student appeared to be healthy.
Across the country, flu season has struck early and, in many places, hard. State and federal health officials have said the flu has been "widespread" in Ohio.
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.
Government epidemiologists insist that many things go into making a flu season nasty or mild, early or late.
If you come down with the flu and you're a healthy adult, the quickest way to get over it is to stay home, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.