The number of influenza-related hospitalizations in Ohio last season was the highest in five years, according to the final state flu season data.
The figures were prompted by an early start, early peak and long season, officials said.
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The 17,397 flu-related hospitalization cases reported for the 2017-18 flu season were more than twice as many as the previous season’s 8,661 cases reported by the Ohio Department of Health.
At its peak in January 2018, there were more than 1,800 Ohio flu-related hospitalizations in one week. There were also four pediatric deaths this season related to the flu, including one child in Dayton.
Public health officials mobilize each year to encourage vaccinations to slow the spread of the virus, which can lead to not only missed school or work but also death. ODH also encourages people to wash their hands with soap and water, avoid touching their eyes nose and mouth and to stay home if they get sick.
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