The Ohio Department of Health said that this year’s flu season is earlier and more severe than in previous years.
The Delaware Health District told 10TV News that more people were coming in earlier asking for flu shots.
According to the personal health director with the Delaware General Health District, Delaware County has seen three cases of the flu that have required hospitalization since the end of October.
“We have gotten some calls from schools saying they have kids out with the flu, this on top of the normal illness this time of year,” said Joan Bowe, Director of Personal Health with the Delaware Health District. “We are not seeing any incredibly large numbers of kids out with the flu, but it is there and schools are noticing it.”
The Delaware Health District offers flu clinics every weekday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. On Wednesday, the clinic is open until noon.
Medical professionals said that getting a flu shot, frequent hand washing and staying away from people who are sick are proven ways to fight the spread of the flu.
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