Scioto health officials say flu outbreak not as bad as it seems

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) — A vicious flu season is showing no signs of letting up, as health officials say it is still peaking.

Many will say this has been one of the worst flu seasons, but numbers show that’s not actually the case.

Startling numbers from Southern Ohio Medical Center show from Feb. 25 to March 3, 1,400 people were tested for the flu at all of their clinics and facilities. They say 500 came back positive.

As startling as those numbers are, a spokesperson for SOMC says that is actually fairly common during the peak of flu season.

Health officials say this year’s season got going later than last year’s, which they say was actually worse.

The Scioto County Health Department tracks the number of hospitalizations in the county from the flu. They say at this point in the season last year, there had been 104 people hospitalized. This season there have only been 27, with a handful still being investigated.

It is still not too late to get the flu shot, but it does take two weeks before it kicks in to your system.