The Ohio Department of Health is reporting flu-associated hospitalizations for the 2017-18 flu season at 2,104 cases compared to 369 at the same time last year. ODH and the CDC recommend the flu vaccine for everyone six months and older as soon as possible for the best protection against seasonal flu. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection against the flu to set in. Although the flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective, and some vaccinated persons may still get the flu, their symptoms are likely to be less severe.
In addition to vaccination, remember to practice healthy habits. Wash hands frequently. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Cough and sneeze into a tissue and dispose of properly, in an approved trash receptacle. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and eat healthful foods. Stay home and keep your family at home when ill. Avoid contact with sick people. Frequently wipe down shared items (door knobs, keyboards, counters, etc.) with disinfecting wipes.
The flu vaccine is available at all Wyandot County Public Health immunization clinics in Carey and Upper Sandusky. Call 419-294-3852 for information and to schedule an appointment. WCPH contracts with several insurance providers for vaccine payment. Please have insurance card(s) in hand when you call for an appointment.
Stay healthy this flu season!