(WKBN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signaled the start of the flu season as the number of cases continues to rise.
According to the CDC, Ohio is now one of 1
"We have seen a boom in recent weeks," says Dr. Mike Sevilla from Family Practice Center Salem.
Dr. Sevilla says these numbers are likely to continue to rise.
"This is usually the time of the year when we would see positive influenza tests and hospitalizations increase," he says.
From the week ending December 15, the Ohio Department of Health reported 67 connected hospitalizations. Ten of them were reported in the northeast of the state.
"We have long told our patients to pay attention because the flu numbers are going up, so we are officially in the flu season," says Sevilla.
Symptoms include high fever, chills and coughing. Doctors say it is especially dangerous for babies and the elderly. So be aware when you go on vacation meetings.
"If you are very ill, or if you think you are in a disadvantaged group, you may want to stay home even during these events during the Christmas season," says Sevilla.
He says a good hand washing is also a way to protect yourself, and it's never too late to get a flu shot.