1 JAN 2018

Hospitalizations for influenza-associated issues has increased nearly 50 percent in Montgomery County during the 17 DEC to 23 DEC time period, according to new data from the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association. The number of urgent care and emergency room visits for those with flu-like symptoms has also gone up, by almost 20 percent.

Symptoms

Influenza A is currently the most common subtype of flu in the region. According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not all who have the flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Common complications include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. Those at a higher risk of complications include people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.