The flu season is not over yet


CLEVELAND – The flu is causing three deaths in Cuyahoga County last week, including the first pediatric death this flu season.

The second peak of the flu is here according to experts.

Although this flu season is not as severe as in previous years, it is deadly.

"We are not out of the woods yet," said Dr. Baruch Fertel of the Cleveland Clinic. "It's just a matter of time before moving it around here."

He said the neighboring states of Ohio have high influenza activity, but that activity in Ohio is minimal.

In Cuyahoga County, nine deaths have been recorded so far in the flu season. Three of these deaths last week: a 13-year-old girl, a 59-year-old man and a 71-year-old man.

"Sometimes people do not think the flu is very serious, but it's dangerous," said Richard Stacklin of the Cuyahoga County Health Council.

According to Stacklin, influenza cases again peaked in February and the trend continues this year in Cuyahoga County.

The flu season can extend until May.

Doctors say that it's not too late to get vaccinated, even if you catch the flu after receiving the vaccine, but the virus will be less serious.

Tip: Get a flu shot, wash your hands often and stay home if you're sick.

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