With the arrival of flu season, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is recommending all Ohioans 6 months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging vaccination by the end of October.
Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the best protection against seasonal flu viruses. Flu vaccines have been updated this year to better match circulating flu viruses.
Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers and some schools.
More information about influenza and flu activity in Ohio is available at www.flu.ohio.gov.
December 2-8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). NIVW is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. It’s not too late to get vaccinated this year! More information on NIVW can be found by visiting our “Get Vaccinated Ohio” Facebook and Twitter pages.