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Get set for 2020's mega-campaign against the flu amid the COVID-19 pandemic: immunization drives in the parking lots of churches and supermarkets, curbside inoculations outside doctors' offices, socially distanced vaccine appointments held indoors, with breaks in between for disinfecting.

These are just some of the ways heath providers say they will give tens of millions of flu shots this fall — arguably the most important U.S. effort to prevent influenza's spread among Americans in a century.

State health officials say flu-related hospitalizations continue to rise. 

Show Notes

Talking Coronavirus (and Flu!) with Franklin County Public Health

Host: Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner)

Guests: Joe Mazzola, Commissioner, and Alex Jones, Director of Prevention and Wellness and Assistant Health Commissioner, Franklin County Public Health (@FC_PublicHealth)

Ohio Department of Health officials are reporting a 36 percent increase in flu hospitalizations. 

Akron-based GOJO Industries has agreed to tone down the marketing claims for its Purell hand sanitizer.  

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Two more central Ohio school districts are closed for the rest of the week due to a flu outbreak, as well as  several cases of strep throat. 

If you live in the U.S., your risk of contracting the new strain of coronavirus identified in China is exceedingly low.

Two Ross County school districts are closed until Monday because of a flu outbreak. 

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The Miami Trace Local Schools are closed today due to a high volume of influenza B cases.

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A northeast Ohio teen is the state's first pediatric flu death of the year. 

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The Ohio Department of Health says nearly 11 thousand people have been hospitalized for influenza this season. 

Several central Ohio health departments are reporting an increase in cases of the flu. 

Health officials now say two boys from Ohio have died from the flu in what is shaping up to be one of the most severe flu seasons in recent years.  

Health officials are warning that the United States may have an unusually harsh flu season this year.

But they stress that flu seasons are notoriously difficult to predict, and it's far too early to know for sure what may happen.

Ohio health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations has spiked for the first time during this relatively mild influenza season. 

Ohio Department of Health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations fell to 92 last week as an unusually severe season comes to an end.

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of flu-related hospitalizations continued to fall last week.

The Ohio Department of Health reports flu-related hospitalizations dropped slightly last week, saying the flu season appears to be tapering off.

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of flu-related hospitalizations continues to fall after what's been an unusually bad influenza season.

The Ohio Department of Health reports a drop in the number of flu-related hospitalizations.

The Ohio Department of Health reports a decrease in the number of flu-related hospitalizations.

Cuyahoga County health officials say eight people died from the flu in one week.

The Ohio Department of Health says four people have died from the flu this season as hospitalizations continue to rise.

Columbus Public Health officials say 101 people were hospitalized for the flu from December 20 through December 27, the largest weekly number since the agency started keeping records in 2009.

Columbus Public Health officials say flu cases are on the rise and they do not expect the situation to change anytime soon.

Lucas County health officials are reporting the state's first death from the flu this season.

With cooler temperatures hitting Ohio and winter on the horizon, many medical experts say it's time to protect ourselves against the flu.