COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Health Department plans to release new data on this year’s flu season that has already killed at least four people.
Data released last week showed 1,598 flu-related hospitalizations Dec. 28 through Jan. 4. That’s a 55 percent jump from a week earlier and brings the season total to 4,487.
The updated figures coming Friday include a break-down of hospitalizations by region.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said this year’s vaccine may not protect against the dominant flu strain as well.
The state says getting the vaccine is still important, especially for the chronically ill, the elderly and pregnant women.
Several hospitals around Ohio have asked people with flu symptoms to stay away to avoid sickening patients and staff.