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Both the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

Anyone under the age of 12 and those with flu-like symptoms should not visit patients at any of their hospitals, the report said Monday.

That's what recent numbers from the Pueblo City-County Health Department indicate, as 86 confirmed cases of influenza have been reported across the city since October 1. You can check for times and locations at the Division of Public Health website.

There are 14,000 new cases a week. During the 2015-2016 flu season, there was one pediatric death due to influenza. Deaths from flu-related complications and hospitalizations among children and the elderly remain high.

Of the 1,978 specimens submitted to NYS WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 527 (26.64 percent) were positive for influenza. "Getting vaccinated today will greatly lower your risk of death and serious illness from influenza". There have been five influenza-associated deaths this season.

Common flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue, according to NUMC.

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Summit County Public Health is urging people to get their flu vaccine.

Vaccines are the best protection against the flu.

DPH said this flu season is hitting children, teens and young adults particularly hard.

The vaccine not only helps prevent a person from getting the flu, she says, but if a person still gets the flu after being vaccinated it will help lessen the severity of the illness. Health department employees say they started seeing cases of the flu in early September.

"The flu vaccine is well matched to the strains that are out there", said Pimentel.

Winter comes with the unwelcome possibility of sneezing and signs of sickness, but once and for all, how do you know if it's already the flu or just a really bad case of cold?

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