The Connecticut Department of Health warned Friday that the deadly flu season is intensifying, particularly with residents age 65 and older.
Health officials are hopeful that this year's flu season is peaking - much the way it did in 2014-2015 - and that the number of people sickened will soon start to fall.
Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and are available to the Ashland County-City Health Department by calling 419-282-4357.
But Dr. Trini Matthew, who is the medical director of Beaumont's Epidemiology Department, says it's still your best weapon in fighting the flu.
In the county's only death so far this year, officials said it was not known of the individual had gotten a flu shot.
But recently there's been an uptick in activity by another influenza A virus, H1N1, Jernigan said, warning that even if the season appears to have peaked, flu viruses will circulate for weeks to come and people should continue to take precautions against getting infected.
"Signs to look out for are fever, body aches, it comes on pretty quickly and then you had headache and runny nose", said Andrew Zurcher, nurse practitioner at CHI Health's Quick Care on 50th and O streets. "Showing up with those influenza like illnesses".
If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Although, they said, the number of influenza cases surpassed the epidemic point in November.
The seasonal flu vaccine usually protects against three or four strains of the flu, which are chosen based on predictions for what will circulate in the USA that year.
Though Chen says this year's flu shot is weaker than in years past, but says that shouldn't mean a person doesn't get it. "And stay at home if you have flu symptoms so as not to infect others". "This is the normal seasonal flu that we typically see".
Pleasant Valley Hospital has seen a significant increase in patients with flu-related symptoms. Kyler Baughman, a seemingly healthy 21-year-old man from Latrobe, died of flu-related complications December 28.