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Flu Season Picking Up in Cuyahoga County

The number of influenza-related cases has been on the rise in recent weeks.

Make sure you have your tissues and ginger ale ready—flu season is picking up in Cuyahoga County. 

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health tracks influenza activity by the week. According to the most recent report, which ended on Dec. 22, there was “widespread” flu activity in the county.

About 5 percent of all emergency department visits were for flu-related symptoms during that time, and throughout December, there were about 24 to 34 flu-related hospitalizations each week. 

Google.org’s flu trends for Cleveland show numbers increasing rapidly in recent weeks and reaching “intense” levels. 

The county’s figures show that complaints for symptoms of the flu—like congestion, coughing and vomiting—are all slightly higher than they were at this time last year. 

If you’d like to get a flu shot, the board offers them at its clinics in Lakewood, Parma, Lyndhurst and Westlake. Visit the board’s website for information on making an appointment.

In Lakewood, both Walgreens and CVS are offering flu shots.  

Tom McConnell January 07, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Discount Drug Mart is also offerring flu shots at BOTH of it Lakewood locations.
Patch reader January 08, 2013 at 04:31 AM
The CDC says to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. And read this: "This year's flu shot, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, vaccinates against H1N1 and two strains of seasonal flu, Skowronski said. The protection offered by the vaccine varies from year to year, but is typically around 60 per cent." www.vancouversun.com/health/shot+have+worsened+H1N1/7222645/story.html
pam ghaster January 08, 2013 at 11:37 PM
The symptoms this year are unual-high fever, cough, body aches and chills. This virus is affecting all age groups. If you think you have a cold that seems to linger it is probably parainfluenza. This will be a long flu season because of the warm winter last year. Here is the good news the flu shot appears to be a good match to the stains circulating. If the symptoms linger go to the doctor. pam ghaster

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