CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio -- Health officials have confirmed the second flu-related death of the season for Cuyahoga County.

It was announced Thursday that a 70-year-old woman died the week of Christmas. The previous flu-related death happened back in October.

“Based upon our weekly surveillance of flu activity throughout Cuyahoga County, we are anticipating a peak that will surpass our previous five-year median level,” according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

The last two weeks of December saw 246 flu-related hospitalizations and more than 1,100 emergency room visits for people experiencing fever and flu-like illnesses in Cuyahoga County alone.

“As a result of these levels, we are again recommending that all residents older than six months of age receive a flu shot. By staying healthy, you can help to keep your family members and co-workers from getting sick. If you do get the flu, a flu shot will make your symptoms less severe.”

Nearly every state -- including Ohio -- is reporting widespread flu activity.