Flu hospitalizations are spiking in Butler County

Flu hospitalizations are spiking in Butler County and across Ohio, and health officials are offering suggestions about how to prevent the spread of influenza.

According to just-released county statistics, the county experienced 36 flu-related hospitalizations during the week that ended Saturday. That’s up from 19 the week before, and 25 the week prior to that, which had been the week with the largest number of hospitalizations this winter season.

So far this flu season, there have been 149 hospitalizations triggered by influenza.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot, said Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer.

“People should wash their hands, keep their distance from people who are sick,” Bailer said. “If people are sick, they should stay home so as not to infect others.”

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Also, “If you think you may have the flu, call your health-care provider right away and ask if Tamiflu is appropriate for you, as that can lessen the severity and duration of the flu,” she said.

Some tips others have offered:

  • People with fever should remain home until they've been fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Cough into your sleeve, and avoid shaking hands — a fist-bump is a good alternative.
  • During flu season it's especially helpful to sleep well, eat well, stay hydrated and stay away from sick people.
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The flu can be detected throughout the year in the United States, but it is most common during the fall and winter, Bailer said. The flu season typically starts in October, and usually peaks between December and February, “although activity can last as late as May,” Bailer said.

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