YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN)- According to the statistics released by Centers for Disease Control on Friday, the number of those infected by the flu virus in the Mahoning Valley and across the nation are down from last year.
The CDC says South Carolina was the only state to show a significant number of flu-related cases at doctor’s offices and clinics. Flu numbers are running below average in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The Mahoning County District Board of Health says most people who get the flu usually recover in one to two weeks. An estimated 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year in the U.S. On average, it is estimated that there are more than 20,000 flu related deaths.
Not all of these deaths are directly related to the flu but many are – and possibly could be prevented with a flu vaccine.
The CDC says those that get the flu vaccine should do so every 6 months.
Those who should not get the flu shot:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 65 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu.
Experts point out the flu usually doesn’t pick up until around Christmas– then kids go back to school and spread the virus. Scientists predict this flu season could peak in February.