"I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu," Sue told The Guardian. "This is shown in the fact that they [have] worse symptoms, they last longer, they are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from it."
Locally, the flu appears to be impacting people earlier this year. The Ohio Department of Health said the state is above the five-year average for the number of cases reported this time of year and "significantly higher" than the same time last year. There have been 92 flu-associated hospitalizations reported in Ohio for the week ending Dec. 2 and 257 hospitalizations since the start of the season.
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