TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The number of flu deaths in northwestern Ohio's Lucas County is on pace to surpass such deaths over the past five years.
The Blade of Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/1eWHwZ1) that four Lucas County residents and three people in neighboring counties have died from the flu in recent weeks, with months still to go in the flu season.
In the past two years, there were no confirmed flu deaths in Lucas County and just one in the 2010-2011 season.
In the 2009-2010 season — the year of the H1N1 pandemic that caused worldwide panic — there were four deaths.
The H1N1 strain, also known as swine flu, has re-emerged this year, causing concern among health officials who say it's vital that residents get vaccinated.
The typical flu season ends in the spring.
Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/