Widespread flu activity now in parts of the Tri-State

Widespread flu activity now in parts of the Tri-State (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There are new concerns about flu activity in the Tri-State.

The numbers of people sick are up and so are complications from the flu.

Flu activity in Ohio has now been elevated from regional, to widespread.

The Ohio Department of Health also reports hospitalizations from the flu are higher than they have been in the last five years at this time of year.

Ohio reported 144 new flu-related hospitalizations in the last week and there were 92 the week before.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department which tracks actual flu cases says they had 152 cases and 19 hospitalizations reported through this week.

Public health specialists say as everyone moves on into holiday week, they are urging those who have not had the vaccine yet, to get vaccinated against the flu and stay away from others if you are sick.

“It's really important that folks are also practicing good hygiene, so not going to parties if you feel ill, coughing sneezing fever, we know you really want to see your family, but the best thing you can do to protect yourself and the rest of the family from being ill as well as stay home,” said Stephanie Vogel, a population health specialist.

The reason it's suggested that you stay away from others if you are sick is that while you might be fine, those who can’t handle the flu are the ones ending up in the hospital from it which is a real concern as everyone heads into the next few holiday weeks.

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