Wood County health officials describe the increase of flu cases reported in its area as a "normal flu season."
Epidemiologist Nikki Brue said a total of 42 cases of influenza have been reported so far, six of them resulting in hospitalizations since the beginning of the flu season in October.
In 2012, the number of reported flu cases in Wood County stood at 47 and included five hospitalizations.
The Wood County Health District receives numbers from local hospital emergency rooms reporting patients who have tested positive for influenza.
No children fatalities have been reported in Wood County as of this time, but as to the number of adult-related fatalities remains unknown. Wood County officials could not specify how many adult-related fatalities have occurred this season since they're not required to release that data if they were reported.Flu season can continue until May, and officials remind the public it's not too late to get vaccinated.The flu vaccination includes the most prevalent strain and takes about two weeks after receiving the shot before the body builds up immunity.