Free flu shots available at Metro, 89 county health departments

Three children die from flu in Tennessee, two in East Tennessee; no Knox County cases

"You can book an appointment to get the vaccine at your GP or local pharmacy and the flu nasal spray vaccination is the simplest way to protect children".

According to ODH, the start of this year's flu season in OH appears to be similar to the start of the 2014-2015 fly season when there were 50 more hospitalizations on the last week of the year.

The Ohio Department of Health reports that there were more than 900 influenza-related hospitalizations during the last week of 2017 alone, with 122 of those in central Ohio.

The Health Secretary and Chief Medical Officer are joining together to urge all eligible adults to take up the offer of the free flu vaccination.

We are learning emergency rooms across the Tri-State are overrun by cases of the flu.

Physicians in multiple locations have reported an increase of patients presenting flu-like symptoms since the season began.

He said: 'We know from the PHE publications that previous year, the effectiveness of the conventional influenza vaccines in the over-65s was not apparent.

No one in Johnston County could talk with us about the flu on camera, so we stopped into the Bryan County Health Department.

"Washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and get your flu shot", Maynard said.

Hospitals and clinics typically see a jump in flu cases around this time of year, according to health department statistics - but not this many.

Flu is a serious illness, so it is very important for those in "at risk" groups, including young children, to be vaccinated with the free vaccine so that they can stay well.

For more information on flu prevention, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's website. She said it is even more important if their baby is younger than six months and therefore, can not get vaccinated.

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