Last updated 8:52AM ET
December 17, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Flu season: slow start?
(2008-01-06)
(WOUB) - State officials say the flu season has
begun in Ohio, but so far it's been a slow start and it hasn't been too menacing.

The Ohio Department of Health had reports of 1,040 people sick with confirmed flu or flu symptoms as of December 29th.

Flu-like illness is defined as a fever of greater than 100 degrees with a cough or sore throat.

The number is considered normal for this time of year.

Flu numbers reported to health officials are considered low estimates of the actual number of cases because not everyone goes to the doctor when sick, and only selected physicians report flu
cases.

The Cleveland Department of Public Health reported 111 cases this week of flu and flu like-illnesses -- cases that aren't confirmed by laboratory tests -- prompting concern about an early spike in northeastern Ohio and a call for flu shots for those who haven't received them.
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