Flu-related deaths reach 5 in Cuyahoga County

Flu-related deaths reach 5 in Cuyahoga Countyā€¯

Seven more flu-related deaths were reported in Dallas County on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 38 this season.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana's latest report on the flu shows a huge jump in flu related deaths.

While counties are required to report when people younger than 18 have died of the flu, adult flu deaths are not required to be reported.

So far all flu-related deaths in North and Northeast Texas have been adults. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

Flu-associated hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County are at 794, which is a decrease from last season, the collaborative reported.

Last year, 12 states had widespread cases, but this year the flu is widespread throughout the continental United States including Alaska.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus which is spread by infected people coughing, sneezing or touching a surface handled by others. MORE: What you need to know about this year's flu season " There is medication that can be given that can help, but it really needs to be given within the first 48 hours of symptoms", said Dr. Leanard Pollack with the Henry Ford Health System.

"We are now in the midst of a very active flu season with widespread and intense flu activity".

The Health Division recommends everyone over the age of six months receive an influenza vaccination and take preventive actions.

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