Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
The Ohio Health Department says more than 1,000 people were hospitalized for the flu during the first full week of the new year.
The state says flu hospitalizations continue to spike in Ohio, with a 51 percent jump the last full week of December.
Columbus Public Health officials say 23 Franklin County residents were hospitalized by the flu last week. That’s about four times higher than the average week this time of year.
Hospitals in central Ohio say they’re already seeing serious and sometimes life-threatening cases of the flu this year.
Ohio health officials say influenza activity is on the rise in Ohio and residents should get vaccinated.
The number of Ohioans being hospitalized due to influenza has leveled off over the past week. Thatâ€™s the word from the state health department. Tess Pollock gave the latest numbers on Friday.
State health officials confirm the first death of the flu season that’s already hospitalized about 300 people in Franklin County.
863 Ohioans have been hospitalized with influenza this season, compared with just 65 by this time last season.
It was a year ago this week that America learned about a new strain of flu that was killing people in Mexico and some parts of the southwestern United States. Later, some health leaders predicted swine flu, as it was called then, had the potential to kill close to 100,000 people in the U.S. alone. The numbers of deaths, though, related to H1N1 are radically lower than foretasted. WOSU talked with health officials about swine flu a year later.
The Ohio Department of Health has lifted restrictions on who can receive the H1N1 vaccine. Previously the vaccine was limited to high risk groups including children, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.