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Second confirmed flu-related death

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A second person in the region has died as result of the flu, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

The first was a 50-year-old Temperance man who died December 28 at Toledo Hospital.

The second death occurred just a few days ago on January 6. A 62 year-old Toledo female died at Toledo Hospital.

"Our hospitals are unfortunately getting more and more full related to this influenza," Dr. David Grossman, Lucas County Health Commissioner, told 13abc.

He says they've seen a dramatic spike in cases over the last couple of weeks and it could only be the beginning.

This particular strand has been identified as H1N1 and , for some reason, is acting differently than the strand found back in 2009.

"We don't know why, because the flu has a mind of it's own," Dr. Grossman said.  "It seems to be causing significant illness in all ages."

So what can  you do to keep you and your family healthy?

Doctors say the best course of action is a flue shot.

Right now, it's unclear whether either of the two victims received one.

But even though it isn't 100% effective, health leaders say it will help.

"We want every drop of that vaccine to be used up," Larry Vasko, Deputy Health Commissioner, said.

The Lucas County Health Department will be holding two flu shot clinics.

The first is January 15th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m..

The second is set for January 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both will take place at the health department.

 

 

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