OH health officials report more than 2000 flu hospitalizations

GP practices told to order two different types of flu vaccines amid efficacy fears

GP practices told to order two different types of flu vaccines amid efficacy fears

According to data from the Ohio Department of Health, the last week of 2017 had 925 flu-associated hospitalizations.

"We are aware that planning for the 2018-19 influenza vaccination campaign is already underway and many practices and pharmacy providers are in the process of placing provisional orders for next season's influenza vaccine", said the NHS in a press release.

Hospitals in East Tennessee are seeing an increase in flu cases. The vaccine available in the U.S.is reportedly only 10% effective in preventing illness from the strain.

"Usually starts in September, lasts til about January or February", said Bryan County Health Department spokesperson Lisa Maynard.

In December 2017 there were 61 admissions of confirmed influenza cases to intensive care or high dependency units across England with seven flu-related deaths recorded.

State officials wouldn't give specifics on locations, but Knox County has seen no reports of flu deaths so far "that we know of", said Dr. Martha Buchanan, county health department director. More than 2,100 people have been hospitalized for flu statewide, according to state health officials.

"Its (FLUAD) approval in the United Kingdom offers a new effective option for healthcare professionals when making decisions about which influenza vaccines might be the most appropriate for their specific patient groups, particularly for those adults aged 65 years and older".

"We're seeing a higher level of flu throughout the Miami Valley", said Dan Suffoletto of Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County.

"Flu can be very serious and the flu jab can protect you and your family and help ease the pressure on our A&E departments, which are very busy at this time of year".

"The earlier you get treated, the better", Rasnake said.

"If you have symptoms of the flu, stay home", Rogers stressed.

Other precautions include washing hands often with soap and water; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and avoiding contact with sick people.

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