With Spike in Flu Deaths, Hospitalizations, Brown Alerts Ohioans to Important Resources to Help Families Stay Healthy

Ohio Department of Health Reports Nearly 4,000 Flu-Associated Hospitalizations This Flu Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On a news conference call today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Lucas County Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski to alert Ohio families to important resources to protect against the flu. The Ohio Department of Health reports 3,854 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio since the start of the 2017-2018 flu season. Last week, two Ohio children died from complications of the flu.   

We want to make sure Ohio families know how to protect themselves and stay healthy,” said Brown. “That starts with getting the flu shot.”

  • Ohioans can visit vaccinefinder.org to find local healthcare providers that offer flu vaccinations in their zip code. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine every year.
  • Ohioans can also take precautionary measures such as washing hands, covering coughs, and disinfecting contaminated surfaces to prevent spreading the flu.
  • Ohioans who may have the flu are encouraged to seek treatment from a doctor right away and stay home from school or work, if possible.

Brown was joined on the call by Commissioner Zgodzinski to discuss efforts to prevent the flu in Ohio. Lucas County has been hit especially hard by the flu this year, with four deaths likely due to flu-related complications.  

“Flu can be an issue for several more months.  I urge Ohioans to take precautions in order to keep you and your family well. These include: getting the flu shot (it is not too late), washing your hands, getting adequate rest, staying away from sick individuals, and stay home if you are sick, just to name a few.  As always seek medical advice with questions or if you are ill,” said Commissioner Zgodzinski.   

Ohioans can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health websites for information on the flu and how to keep families healthy.