A total of 563 cases were reported last week, more than double the 227 cases in the previous week, county officials said.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
"I think there's much more to come", Thompson said. The media reports are based on data coming out of Australia, where flu strains can be very different than those in New England according to Wu.
"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said.
During the week of December 3, Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals recorded 54 positive flu cases.
"Even if it's not the exact match, it still resembles the flu virus and it will help launch a defense against it", said Isabel Valdez, a physician's assistant at Baylor College of Medicine.
"There are so many places you can go now, but at the health department we do immunization from age 6 months and up while some pharmacies only do 14 and up", Brown said.
According to an Oct. 4 directive by MCMC, workforce members, volunteers and students who do not receive the flu shot must wear a mask within six feet of a patient during the flu season, which is typically between October through May, with a peak in February.
Young children and those who are elderly or have chronic disease are especially vulnerable to the flu's more severe consequences. If you're sick, stay home.
Getting the shot is a proactive way to avoid a potentially harmful illness that is good for you, your loved one and the people in your care, say hospital administrators. The flu virus can spread a day before symptoms develop, and five to seven days after becoming sick.
The medical professionals say the symptoms can pack a powerful punch but usually clear up within two weeks.
The increase has prompted DPHHS to encourage people to take precautions to protect themselves as they travel over the Christmas holiday. Acetaminophen can tackle a fever and minor aches.