Runny Noses Abound As Flu Season Strikes Buckeye State

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The flu has struck the Buckeye State, and the Center for Disease Control is comparing this season with some of the most infectious years on record.

WBNS-10TV caught up with six-year-old Owen Lashells when he arrived at a clinic, battling flu-like symptoms for the second time this year.

"He had it a couple months ago," his mother, Kayla Lashells said. "It seems to be hitting everyone pretty hard this year."

This flu season is being compared to the 2003 and 2004 season and to the hard hitting flu in 2009.

"The CDC is saying this is going to be one of the hardest hit flu seasons we've had in a long time, just because of the fluctuation of weather and because of the different mutated strands we have seen ," Meggen Brown, regional clinical director of The Little Clinic said.

The Little Clinic reports they're seeing the most cases in the northern and southern areas of central Ohio,
impacting kids ages 8 to 18 more than other age groups.

"In the Grove City area we've heard of a few schools close," Brown said. Up in the Olentangy area as well, they had a 35 percent outage just about a week and a half ago."

Experts say anyone feeling flu-like symptoms can take over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and Advil. However, they suggest anyone with a fever of 101.5 or higher should be tested.

For those who have not had a flu shot, it is not too late.

"It's highly recommended to go out and get it because our peak season are Dec, Jan and Feb," Brown said.

The flu shot is still available, those needing it should be sure to call ahead to be sure their doctor's office has some left.

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