Flu-related deaths in Cuyahoga County have the health department warning residents: Go get a flu shot!

Cuyahoga County health department issues warning after reports of flu deaths

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Linda Miles has been a health care worker for over 20 years.

She knows getting a flu protects herself and others. Here’s her advise based on her decades of experience.

“If you have a cough, fever, anything like that: stay home. Don’t come out. Don’t go to restaurants...Wash your hands as much as possible. Try to stay healthy. Eat good, nutritious food," she said.

Kevin Brennan works for the Cuyahoga County Health Department. This is what he said about how deadly the flu is.

“Last year we had 47,” he said. “If you haven’t got your flu shot, please go get it.”

Fourteen people have died so far this season, three of them just this week. A 63-year-old Cleveland man, a 65-year-old Strongsville woman and a 77-year-old Westlake woman all lost their lives.

“What we see a lot with flu is that it can become respiratory, so when you get that tickle in the back of your throat or you start to get that dry cough that may become a little wet or you get a little bit of congestion, a lot of times that upper respiratory thing will be the thing that distinguishes you from a cold into flu,” said Brennan.

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re out of the woods. Brennan says. Flu season begins around Halloween and runs through the middle of May.

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