Ohio’s flu season by the numbers

December 29, 2014 6:05 PM

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COLUMBUS — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the 2014-15 flu season may be severe because Influenza A (H3N2) is the predominant virus strain, leading to more severe illness and mortality, especially in older people and young children. Also, this year’s flu vaccine isn’t well-matched to two-thirds of H3N2 viruses circulating, reducing its effectiveness.

During Week 51 (Dec. 14-20), Ohio had 935 new confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations — a dramatic increase over the previous week’s 529 new hospitalizations.

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