Higher Levels of Flu Symptoms in Ohio

by Courtney Wheaton on January 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

Flu activity is in on the rise in Ohio.

Although many people are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus, Kristen Baker with the health department says that’s often not the case. She says there are higher levels of flu being reported in adults in our area than in previous years.

"18 to 64 is our lowest age group as far as vaccinations about 31 percent of this population actually gets vaccinated compared to the U.S. overall. The total is about a 45 to 50 percent vaccination rate against the flu," said Baker.

Usually higher rates are reported in small children and senior citizens. Baker says that people can still contact their health care providers to get the flu vaccines because its season has yet to peak.

"Last year we peaked at the end of December and this year we are peaking a little later, it’s normal and we are still not to epidemic levels the CDS monitors it. We are widespread right now in Ohio and that just means that half the region has reported flu like activity, " said Baker.

People should also wash their hands, refrain from touching their face and stay at home if they are experiencing flu like symptoms.