(WKBN) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the beginning of the flu season as the number of cases continues to rise.
According to the CDC, Ohio is now one of the 18 states reporting influenza region activity.
"We have seen an uptick in that over the past few weeks," says Dr. Mike Sevilla from Salem's Family Practice Center.
Dr. Sevilla said that those numbers are likely to continue to increase.
"The average time of year we see flu-optimized tests, the hospitals climb up," he says.
Until the end of December 15, the Ohio Department of Health reported 67 influenza-related hospitals. Ten of them are reported in the northeastern part of the state. "We are telling our patients for a long time to look because flu numbers will go up, so we're officially flu season," Sevilla said.
Symptoms have high fever, chills and cough. Doctors say that it is particularly dangerous for infants and adults, so it is not easy to get into vacation vacations.
"If you are sick or if you think you can find poor populations, you may want to stay home to these occasions during the holiday season," Sevilla said.
He said the good hand Washing is also a way to protect yourself and it is not too late to get your flu shot.