Flu cases increase in Lucas County

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department says they are experiencing an uptick in hospitalizations due to the flu. Lucas County now has 53 confirmed Influenza-related hospitalizations since October.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Health, there have been about 200 hospitalizations due to flu statewide so far this season, far below the five year average.

Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially dangerous virus. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are among the highest risk groups for flu-related complications.

"Everyone older than six months of age, and able to be vaccinated, should get a flu shot," says Health Commissioner, Eric Zgodzinski. "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 also protecting the people you love."

If you do find yourself experiencing flu symptoms you should speak to a doctor and stay home from work or school. Health officials say you should also be sure to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands regularly, sanitize surfaces, and limit contact with others as much as possible.