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According to the Buffalo Trace District Health Director Allison Adams, Mason County has reported laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza.

Health officials on Friday reported 2,104 flu-associated hospitalizations for the 2017-2018 flu season, compared with 369 during the same period previous year.

Locally in OH, there were no reports of any influenza-associated hospitalizations in Adams County, while there were two hospitalizations reported in Brown County on the last week of the year.

With flu cases soaring in OH, the state health department says it has been a rough season so far.

No one in Johnston County could talk with us about the flu on camera, so we stopped into the Bryan County Health Department.

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Week 52 had 925 new flu-associated hospitalizations which increased from 554 during Week 51.

More than 2,100 people have been hospitalized for flu statewide, according to state health officials.

"We are starting to see an impact on our facilities, we're starting to see more people showing up in emergency rooms for example, or going to a medical clinic to be assessed". The vaccine available in the reportedly only 10% effective in preventing illness from the strain.

The numbers right now are much higher than previous year.

State officials, meanwhile, are urging Utahns to get vaccinated, wash their hands and stay home from work if they are sick. "Thirty percent protection is still better than zero". He said influenza is especially unsafe for the elderly, who are at greater risk of developing pneumonia or other complications along with the flu - conditions that could be fatal when combined. "Getting it during the holiday season is even worse", said Chakravarty. If you do get the flu, taking antiviral drugs is key to shortening the severity and duration of the illness, he added.

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