Flu

State Says Ohio Flu Hospitalizations Decreasing

Jan 23, 2015
Health officials say most of the cases are actually the flu, and there are no known cases of ebola in Ohio.
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State health officials are reporting a decrease in the number of flu-related hospitalizations in what has been an unusually bad season.
 
Numbers released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health showed 692 flu-related hospitalizations from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, a significant drop from the previous week's figure of 1,623 hospitalizations.
 
The new data brings the season's total hospitalizations to 6,798. The state, which does not report adult flu deaths, has recorded the deaths of four children. Individual county health departments have reported several adult deaths.

Ebola Fears Spread Around The State As Health Workers Urge Calm

Oct 15, 2014
Health officials say most of the cases are actually the flu, and there are no known cases of ebola in Ohio.
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As the Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, fear among Ohioans seems to be mounting—but state health officials want people to stay calm and to get educated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flu Season Taking Its Toll on Ohio

Jan 10, 2013

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.

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting a spike in the number of people hospitalized with influenza this year compared to last year.

Department spokeswoman Shannon Libby says it's early to see this much flu activity, with cases typically going up in January or February.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday that 863 Ohioans have been hospitalized with influenza this season, compared with just 65 by this time last season.

The paper says totals from early October through Dec. 22 included 326 hospitalized across the state during the week of Dec. 16-22.