Three more flu-related deaths reported in Lucas County

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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Three more "preseumptive" flu-related deaths were reported by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. So far, 212 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred in Lucas County.

The cases were all reported within the last several days according to a Health Department news release. The cases involved a 58-year-old woman and an 86-year-old and 90-year-old man. The health department added that all three had "underlying medical conditions."

Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski recommends four steps to prevent contracting the flu. They include frequent hand washing, covering mouth when coughing, getting vaccinated and staying home if you are sick to avoid infecting others.

He added in a statement that "everyone older than six months of age should be vaccinated again the flu every year. If you have not yet been vaccinated this year, it's not too late. When you get vaccinated, you are not just protecting yourself. You are protecting the people you love."

The announcement of the latest flu deaths followed the death of 19-month-old Nathaniel Lee Downey due to flu complications on Monday.