"The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from influenza. Residents can also take precautions during the flu season to limit their exposure. It is also very important for residents to call their healthcare provider as soon as they experience flu symptoms. Prescribing antiviral medicines can reduce the severity of the illness, "said Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allen County Health Department. this time in 2018 there are 3533 cases, 316 hospitalizations and eight deaths.