CDC warns of soaring influenza activity in Ohio, urges vigilance amid ‘very high’ flu levels

CDC warns of soaring influenza activity in Ohio
CDC warns of soaring influenza activity in Ohio

United States: The health concerns of Ohio Health Officials are still high as the state has been witnessing an upsurge in the number of cases linked to flu-like illnesses. According to the recently published weekly influenza activity report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the influenza level is “very high.”

The CDC highlighted that by the week ending on February 10, the flu activity in Ohio had reached a “very high” level, which was at “high” during the month of December.

Is only Ohio experiencing high flu-like cases?

According to health authorities, Ohio is not the only state in the United States that has been experiencing “very high” flu-like illness activity. The states dealing with flu activities are South Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Wyoming.

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Along with this, the flu activity is also “very high” in Washington DC and New York City.

The CDC has revealed that the data has been calculated on the basis of visits of patients complaining about symptoms linked to respiratory illnesses, such as fever, sore throat, and cough.

Current flu season

According to the reports shared by the CDC, most hospitalizations were reported in the Northeast region of Ohio during the current flu season – which was between October 1 and February 10.

In addition to this, the local health officials of Ohio have emphasized that the most hit county is Cuyahoga, which has registered 648 flu-related hospitalizations. Cuyahoga County was followed by Franklin County, which registered around 435 hospitalizations.  

Generally, in Ohio, the flu season ends in March.

After witnessing the upsurge in the cases, the health officials emphasized that the general public of Ohio must not ignore the latest vaccination dosage against the disease. The CDC has outlined that the vaccination must be taken by any individual who is six months or older.

Low vaccination level – a serious concern

The federal health agency has mentioned that doctors are still reporting a high number of cases related to flu, COVID-19, and RSV, as people are suffering from colds, fevers, coughs, and sore throats.

The health and science correspondent – Lindsey Theis mentioned, “There’s a whole range of other viruses that cause these respiratory infections. One of the ways we look at that is by looking at people who visit the doctor for fever plus cough or sore throat. And that number is actually still very high for over half of the country right now. That’s even ticked up a little bit. Over the last week or so,” as per the reports by WXYZ News.

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Additionally, health experts have highlighted that vaccination rates against flu are low. The state health officials aim for the number of diseases administrated to reach up to 4 million, but unfortunately, it has just reached 2.8 million.

It is to be noted that the highest number of vaccinations have been reported in Oakland County.

While addressing the low vaccination rates, the infectious disease physician for the University of California San Francisco – Dr Peter Chin-Hong, stated, “What concerns me most of where we are in the season is that the vaccine rates are especially for people at highest risk, are not where we would want them to be. And that means that there are people getting very sick and even dying unnecessarily because they haven’t been able to get that protection that can help them.”

Furthermore, the health experts have also shared some of the precautionary measures, including good ventilation at home and staying at home if one feels sick.  

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