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Ohio Not At Risk During Flu Medicine Shortage

COLUMBUS (Ashley Yore/Kate Liebers) -- More Ohioans have been hospitalizations lately due to the flu, but officials said treatment is still available.

"We haven't been told of any spot shortages in Ohio and especially we haven't been told of any in central Ohio," said Dr. Mary Diorio, a state epidemiologist. "So we think that people that are sick with influenza, that are prescribed the medication, should be able to find it."

The state's health department said there is a nationwide shortage of liquid Tamiflu, which is mostly used to treat children with the flu, but this has not become a problem in Ohio. '

Patients can still get flu shots to protect themselves against many more months of flu season, health officials have said. 

In addition to the cold and flu, respiratory infections seem to be common this season.

Doctors recommend getting enough vitamin D and C, eating healthy, getting plenty of rest, minimalizing stress and drinking lots of fluids.
 
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