As a suburb of Cincinnati mourns the death of fourth grader Sable Gibson, a warning comes from local public health officials regarding an increase of reported flu cases.
According to Gibson’s parents, the fourth grader died after being diagnosed with both strep throat and the flu. Alex Jones, assistant health commissioner with Franklin County Public Health says although she can’t speak specifically to the suburban Cincinnati death, she says a secondary illness accompanying the flu is not uncommon.
“Anytime your immune system is weakened by the flu, or it could conversely start one of those other viruses, and then you contract flu at the same time,” Jones says.
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Jones says locally, the peak of flu season is typically the mid to end of winter but right, now everyone should be on alert as central Ohio is currently experiencing an increase of flu cases.
“We are seeing pretty much widespread high incidents of flu right now,” Jones said.
This public health worker says this flu season, central Ohioans have a better chance of being protected because this year’s vaccine is proving to cover more strains than last season.
“As we know, that’s the number one protector against flu in any flu season,” Jones said.