Monday, February 4, 2013
Flu symptoms are on the decline in the area.
It looks like the flu is on the decline in Summit County. Summit County Public Health provides weekly influenza reports on its website. According to the most recent reports, which ended Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, flu-related hospital admissions declined two weeks in row—down to just 23 patients admitted—and emergency department visits for flu-like symptoms also decreased. If you've missed the flu this season and want to make sure you stay healthy, check out this article for some tips from a local doctor. (LINK) Did you get a flu shot this season? Do you wish you had—or hadn’t? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
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 Summit County. Twinsburg Schools has seen more absences at R.B. Chamberlin Middle School, but other schools have largely avoided the illness so far, reports the Twinsburg Bulletin. Summit County Public Health tracks influenza activity by the week. According to the most recent report released Jan. 11, there was a uptick of patients admitted to the hospital for influenza, reaching 69 patients, mostly seniors. There was also an increase in the number of flu-related hospitalizations and antiviral prescriptions. Google.org’s flu trends for Cleveland show numbers increasing rapidly in recent weeks and reaching “intense” levels. For some tips on protecting …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The flu has been reaching high levels across the state and country.
Ohio is in the midst of an “unusually” active influenza season, the Ohio Department of Health reports. Summit County Public Health tracks influenza activity by the week. According to the most recent report, which is for the week ending Dec. 29, emergency room visits for constitutional symptoms continued to climb. Emergency room visits for fevers and/or coughs and sore throats decreased a bit, but still made up about 3.5 percent of all visits. Hospitals in Summit County reported a 212 percent increase in flu-related admissions—from 17 in the week ending Dec. 22 to 53 in the week ending Dec. 29. Visitation restrictions were put in place at area hospitals on Jan. 3. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Flu season typically begins in October and can run through May. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.
Flu season is here. Are you going to get a flu shot this year? The Summit County Board of Health recommends that residents receive a flu shot to protect them from the illness. Are you guaranteed to get the flu if you don’t get vaccinated against it? Of course not—but here’s why getting a flu vaccine just might be worth your while. The Flu: 101 Influenza, or the "flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms include muscle or body aches, headaches, cough, sore throat, fatigue, fever or chills, and vomiting and diarrhea (the latter two are more common in kids). The flu can also worsen chronic medical conditions or cause death. Unfortunately, flu viruses can spread easily via …