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Health officials now say two boys from Ohio have died from the flu in what is shaping up to be one of the most severe flu seasons in recent years.  

odh.ohio.gov

The Ohio Department of Health has upgraded state flu activity to widespread, its highest level.

Health officials are warning that the United States may have an unusually harsh flu season this year.

But they stress that flu seasons are notoriously difficult to predict, and it's far too early to know for sure what may happen.

Ohio Public Radio

A new bill at the statehouse would make it illegal for companies, especially those in the health care industry, to require their employees to get annual flu shots. 

Mathias family

A Marion boy is the fifth child in Ohio to die from influenza this season. 

Madison Christian School in Groveport is closed today and Thursday because of an influenza outbreak.

Ohio Department of Health

Columbus Public Health says over the last two weeks, hospitalizations from the flu have risen to the highest level recorded this season.

Ohio health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations has spiked for the first time during this relatively mild influenza season. 

The Ohio Department of Health reports flu-related hospitalizations dropped slightly last week, saying the flu season appears to be tapering off.

With cooler temperatures hitting Ohio and winter on the horizon, many medical experts say it's time to protect ourselves against the flu. 

The Ohio Department of Health says the state  is in the midst of a full-blown flu outbreak.

CDC

State health officials say influenza activity is on the rise in Ohio and residents should get vaccinated.

Flu Cases Decline

Feb 26, 2013

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of new flu cases keeps dropping.

Lifecare Alliance is holding a flu shot clinic today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the agency's event center on Harmon Avenue.

Ohio Flu Cases Increase Tenfold

Jan 11, 2013

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of people hospitalized for the flu this season is up more than ten times than in the recent past.

Some communities are reporting increases in cases of influenza.