The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is reporting a drastic increase in flu reports this season.
Two people have died from the flu so far in Lucas County. Officials with the Toledo Lucas County Health Department report a 62-year-old woman from Toledo and a Temperance man in his 50s recently died from the flu.
Health Commissioner Dr. Grossman of Toledo Lucas County Health Department says perhaps three or four additional deaths in northwest Ohio could have been caused by the virus. Those patients died at Toledo hospital.
In just the last two months, there have been 45 confirmed hospitalized flu cases.
The flu has affected people in all age groups in Ohio and Lucas County, not just those in traditional high risk groups.
The walk-in flu clinics will run on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., subject to limited vaccine availability. Both of these clinics will be held at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at 635 N. Erie St. in the main lobby.
The cost of an adult flu vaccination is $30. Medicaid, Medicare, and many health insurances can be billed directly for this vaccination.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has a limited number of flu vaccine doses remaining. If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, health officials urge you to do so. Our flu vaccine is the quadrivalent vaccine designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.