This has already been an intense season for the flu in Ohio and across the country.
Cuyahoga County provides weekly influenza reports on its website. As of Jan. 18, the most recent report — which ended on Jan. 5 — showed a lot of flu activity in the area. This report was posted last week, so click here for more details.
The Ohio Department of Health’s website has some more recent information, and some of the figures are staggering. There have already been more than 2,500 flu-related hospitalizations across the state as of Jan. 12.
Compare that to 175 last year, and 86 the year before for the same time period. The department notes that there has been a “dramatic and early increase” this season, and includes a chart that shows just that.
If you’re concerned that there might not be enough flu shots for you and your family, don’t worry — NewsNet5.com reports that no shortages are expected in Cuyahoga County. To find flu shots in and around Lakewood, check out this article.