TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said a fourth adult died from flu-related symptoms in Lucas County Wednesday.
The department said the person was a 71-year-old man and that the flu was a contributing factor.
Last Friday, the department announced three adults had died from flu-related complications.
The department said that each of the adults also had underlying medical conditions.
The adults were a 58-year-old female, an 86-year-old man and a 90-year-old male.
These deaths are in addition to a 18-month-old toddler who died from flu-related complications earlier this week.
"Everyone older than six months of age should be vaccinated against the flu every year. If you have not yet been vaccinated this year, it's not too late," Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski said. "When you get vaccinated, you are not just protecting yourself. You are also protecting the people you love."
The CDC said widespread flu activity is now reported in every state, except Hawaii. In Ohio, there have already been almost 4,000 flu-associated hospitalizations.
The local health department said so far this season, there have been 212 flu-related hospitalizations in Lucas County.
The dominant flu strain circulating this year is flu a virus h3n2, but health officials say flu b activity is also now increasing.
If you suspect you already have the flu, you should see a doctor. They can prescribe anti-viral medications which can help reduce the severity and duration of the virus.
"Its really important to be talking with your doctor and making sure that you are caring for yourself in the right way. In that communication you talk about new illnesses and things of that nature with the flu," said Zgodzinski.
Doctors can prescribe anti-viral medications which can help reduce the severity and duration of the virus.The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu shot.