The flu is still going strong in Cuyahoga County, with numbers much higher than last year.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health provides weekly influenza reports on its website. According to the most recent report, which ended Jan. 19, flu-related hospitalizations declined again—from about 130 to 43—but emergency department visits for flu-like symptoms held steady. And those numbers are just provisional and can change in future reports. Last week, it looked like hospitalizations were on the decline, but numbers were back up in this week’s report.
One thing is for sure—this season is much worse than last. About 111 more patients visited emergency departments for flu-like symptoms and fevers during this week in 2013 than the same time period in 2012.
Check out this article for some tips on staying healthy this flu season from a local doctor.
Did you get a flu shot this season? Do you wish you had—or hadn’t? Tell us in the comments.