Columbus Public Health has opened a new drive-thru seasonal flu shot clinic at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. with no out-of-pocket costs.  

Updated Friday 2:15 p.m. ET to include a comment from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The federal government is preparing to crack down aggressively on hospitals for not reporting complete COVID-19 data daily into a federal data system, according to internal documents obtained by NPR.

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

State health officials say Coronavirus and influenza could prove a deadly combination this winter. 

The U.S. now has more than 5 million cases and 166,700 deaths from the coronavirus. And with flu season approaching, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week that things could get a lot more grim.

Robert Redfield said in an interview Wednesday with WebMD that if Americans don't follow public health guidance, the country could be facing "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had."

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. 

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

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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.  

Columbus Public Health

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.

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

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


Public health leaders say the flu has hit the Buckeye State hard.

OSU Medical Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 531,000 flu-related hospitalizations during the last influenza season.

Columbus Public Health

Columbus Public Health is reporting the state's fourth pediatric flu death of the season. 

A 13-year-old Cleveland girl is the one of three Ohio children to have died of the flu this season.  

A Highland County toddler is Ohio's first pediatric flu death.  

Need another reason to get the flu shot if you're pregnant?

A study out this week shows that pregnant women with the flu who are hospitalized in an intensive care unit are four times more likely to deliver babies prematurely and four and a half times more likely to have a baby of low birth weight.

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.

The Ohio Department of Health has upgraded state flu activity to widespread, its highest level.

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 Public Radio

A new bill at the statehouse would make it illegal for companies, especially those in the health care industry, to require their employees to get annual flu shots. 

Mathias family

A Marion boy is the fifth child in Ohio to die from influenza this season. 

Madison Christian School in Groveport is closed today and Thursday because of an influenza outbreak.

Ohio Department of Health

Columbus Public Health says over the last two weeks, hospitalizations from the flu have risen to the highest level recorded this season.

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