As of Jan. 28, the number of Ohioans hospitalized for the flu reached 1,679 for the 2016-2017 flu season. According to the most recent flu activity statistics from the Ohio Department of Health, 32 people in southwest Ohio were hospitalized for the flu just for the week of Jan. 22 through Jan. 28. This year’s flu season is widespread and is expected to last until May.
Flu symptoms generally include fever, sore throat, aches and pains, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.
The Ohio Department of Health provides information for safety and health care recommendations to Ohio residents during flu season. Here is what the Ohio Department of Health recommends:
The majority of flu illness can be treated at home. However, if symptoms become more severe, you are pregnant or you have an underlying chronic medical condition, seek medical attention immediately.
During your illness, stay away from those who may become ill easily or who are at high risk for complications from flu; cover coughs and sneezes; and wash your hands often.
Do not give aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) to children or teenagers who have the flu; this can cause a rare but serious illness called Reyes Syndrome.
Drink clear fluids such as water, broth or sports drinks. There are also electrolyte beverages made for infants to prevent them from becoming dehydrated.
Get plenty of rest.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying home for 24 hours after fever is gone without using fever-reducing medication.
Severe symptoms in children include difficulty breathing, not waking up and interacting, being so irritable that they do not want to be held, and pale or blue skin. Children with these symptoms should be taken for immediate medical attention, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
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