City flu clinics were the first locations to provide vaccine, but neighborhood locations are now offering up the vaccine.
Public health officials urge Clevelanders to take advantage of this opportunity to receive a FREE seasonal flu vaccination.
This is not the H1N1 vaccine, but protecting yourself from seasonal flu is extremely important.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each flu season. While it is important to take all precautionary measures, receiving the flu vaccine is a critical safeguard.
The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that thrive in fall and winter. Flu can be mild to severe, sometimes even fatal. Each year between 5 percent and 20 percent of the population is infected, 200,000 people are hospitalized, and 36,000 people die from the flu in the United States.
The Cleveland Department of Public Health also urges citizens to take preventative measures. These simple steps prove to decrease chance of infection:
1) Get vaccinated
2) Wash your hands
3) Practice good health habits
4) Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
5) Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, and
6) Avoid exposure to those infected.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, runny/stuff nose, and muscle aches.
If you experience symptoms, stay home from work, rest, and drink lots of fluids. If symptoms persist, see your doctor to avoid complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.
For more information please call (216) 664-4621 or visit our website at www.clevelandhealth.org.