I am Dr. Melanie Golembiewski from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, with a few quick thoughts about the flu.
The flu can cause body aches, chills, cough, and fever and can cause you to miss work, school and you can possibly infect others around you. By getting medicine in the form of a flu vaccine or a flu shot, you can protect yourself, your family and your co-workers. For infants, senior citizens and people with other medical conditions, that medicine can be life-saving.
Although we know that this year's vaccine is not the best match for the main virus, it will still protect you. If you become sick, your symptoms won't be as bad or last as long as they would without the medicine. Flu season can last through the springtime so don't think that it's too late to get the vaccine.
It takes two weeks for your body to protect you after you receive it. So please help yourself and others by getting a flu vaccine. Remember that you can prevent the spread of flu by covering your mouth when you cough, sneeze and by washing your hands regularly. Don't wait for flu to find you. Get your flu shot today.