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7:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Flu Cases Widespread In Ohio, State Officials Say

State health officials say influenza activity is now widespread in Ohio, and they're encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

The Ohio Department of Health says it has received reports of flu-like illness in more than half the regions in the state.

Shannon Libby with the health department says the numbers are down compared to this time last year, but that’s no reason to put off vaccination.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Flu Cases in Ohio Most Since State Began Tracking

The Ohio Department of Health says flu cases this past season were the most since it began keeping count.

Stats show that 5,200 Ohioans were hospitalized with the flu from September last year through mid-May 18.

That's even up from 2009-2010 when the swine flu pandemic when there were 3,200 flu-related hospitalizations in the state.

State health officials tell The Dayton Daily News that it's hard to say why there were so many cases during the past  flu season.

They say there's no indication that a new virus led to the spike in hospitalizations.

Health, Science & The Environment
7:06 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Flu Shot Requirement Prompts Ohio Worker to Sue

A former Ohio hospital worker has filed a lawsuit after she was fired for refusing to get a flu shot because she's vegan.

Sakile Chenzira was a longtime customer service representative at Cincinnati Chidlren's Hospital.  She was fired in December 2010 after refusing to get the shot because she doesn't believe in consuming any animal products.

The flu vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein.

Chenzira filed a lawsuit against the hospital in 2011 alleging religious discrimination and seeking a minimum of $650,000.  The case is now set for trial in July.

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Around the Miami Valley
10:35 am
Mon January 14, 2013

WYSO Weekend: January 13, 2012

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for January 13, 2013 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney talks to filmmaker Julia Reichert about ReInvention Stories, a new collaborative series on WYSO and we hear the first story in the series about the Fifth Street Brewpub.

- Emily McCord speaks with Bill Wharton from the public health department for Dayton and Montgomery County about this year's flu outbreak.

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Health, Science & The Environment
2:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Flu Season Taking Its Toll on Ohio

It’s been a particularly rough flu season across the country. Boston declared a public health emergency as hospitals are overwhelmed with flu cases. The illness is talking a toll here, too, and WYSO’s Emily McCord reports that public officials it’s not too late to protect yourself.

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