COLUMBUS - 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:
The Ohio Department of Health collects the data from city and county health departments and reports flu hospitalizations weekly.
In its report for the week of Dec. 16-22, the department says the states neighboring Ohio, including Kentucky and Indiana, are all seeing spikes in flu cases.
The report breaks the number of Ohio flu cases down by region. The Southwest, which includes Cincinnati, had 25 cases for the week. The highest incidence of flu for the same period was found in the Central region, which had 97 reported cases. The lowest number was found in the Northwest, with 15.
Getting a flu shot
A number of local clinics and pharmacies offer flu shots at different price levels. Health insurance may cover the costs, so check with your provider.