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via News5:

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reports the number of northeast Ohio flu cases continue to grow, as we move through the second week of January.

Richard Stacklin, board of health data analyst, told News 5 more than 250 people have now been hospitalized with the flu in northeast Ohio over the past three weeks.

He said flu related cases are already at a five year high.

Stacklin said it’s not too late to get a flu shot, with certain strains still an issue until April.

Stacklin said early reports that this year’s flu shot may only be ten percent effective, have now been adjusted to 30 percent effective by leaders with the Centers for Disease Control.

Stacklin urged continual hand washing, especially when preparing food or tending to the young or the elderly.

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