There's Still Time to Get Your Flu Shot

There's Still Time to Get Your Flu Shot

 

Clark County, Ohio - While flu hospitalizations are lower than last year, there is still widespread flu activity in the state. Unlike last year when the vaccine strains and the circulating strains of flu did not match, it appears that this years strains are a better match with the vaccine. This means flu shots seem to be more effective this year and there's still time to get yours! Contact your health care provider, local pharmacy or the Clark County Combined Health District to ask about flu shot availability. Flu shots are readily available throughout the county.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal. People who think that they may have the flu and are pregnant, have an underlying medical condition, or who are extremely ill should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

If you are sick, some effective ways to help prevent the spreading of flu include:

· Stay home and avoid contact with people for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

·  Restrict visitations at the hospital

·  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

·  Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

·   Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them

While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid contracting it include:

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick

· Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

·  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs are usually spread when a person touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth

· Practice other good health habits. - Disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.