"The patient census has been high the last three days, mostly with older patients who have flu and pneumonia", said Gene Vogelgesang, hospital spokesman.
In a media update on Friday, Jan. 5 ODH said that in the last week of 2017 there were 925 new flu-associated hospitalizations which was up from 554 in the previous week.
Flu activity in the USA usually peaks around February. "Here in Knox County, we are definitely high, based on the number of patients being seen".
We are learning emergency rooms across the Tri-State are overrun by cases of the flu.
According to this report from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Johnston County is in the top ten counties for most people hospitalized for the flu from September to December 2017, totaling to eleven people hospitalized. He says people are also turned off to getting the vaccine when they hear it's only 32 percent effective.
"Its (FLUAD) approval in the United Kingdom offers a new effective option for healthcare professionals when making decisions about which influenza vaccines might be the most appropriate for their specific patient groups, particularly for those adults aged 65 years and older".
Last year, IN had one reported flu-related death.
"Sometimes, the variation doesn't go the way we think it's going to", explained Rogers, "so it doesn't offer as much of a protection as we would like".
Experts say the flu season may be more severe this year with the dominant strain being H3N2.
"Many people feel that all of the available vaccines for influenza in the United States can actually cause the flu", he said.
People in certain categories are "strongly" encouraged to get the flu vaccine due to their high risk for flu-related complications or exposure to others.
"The earlier you get treated, the better", Rasnake said. People not staying home when they need to the most. Hand sanitizer is good, too, but it doesn't replace hand washing.
Wearing masks or covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.