Flu on Rise in Ottawa Co., According to Health Dept.

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It said the cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public for this flu season was now at 48,411, while the number of suspected influenza cases for the year was at 3,434.

The Ottawa County Health Department says the amount of flu cases is on the rise over the last couple weeks of 2019.

The State Department of Health says two infants died to the flu in the first week of December. Those 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for serious complications or death if they get the flu.

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Dr. Anthony Hartzler, an infectious diseases specialist with UT Health San Antonio, said that this seems like an average year for flu nationally.

She said that receiving a flu shot is one of the largest ways to prevent the spread of the illness, especially to those who are more susceptible like seniors and infants. "It is not too late, and there is no better measure to protect yourself from the flu".

OR does not keep track of adult deaths due to flu complications.

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The state has not disclosed where deaths happened. That increase is down from the 53% increase that had been seen the week before.

The Houston Health Department publishes a weekly Influenza Surveillance Report on its website during flu season.

Westmoreland County influenza cases topped 1,000, increasing 59% to 1,099.

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Both influenza A and B were reported during this time frame.

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