Influenza is on the rise in northeast Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said Thursday.
BALTIMORE - When it comes to the flu, children are especially vulnerable. Close to two dozen kids have already died from the flu this year.
Schools are doing what they can keep things as clean as possible with lots of hand washing, hand sanitizer and reminders of how to properly cover your cough.
Doctors say the best way is to cough into your elbow not into your hand.
Kids are more likely to use good hygiene when it's fun. For example, sing a song that lasts at least 20 seconds while washing hands.
And talk to your child about recognizing symptoms.
"Some people sing the ABC's or happy birthday two times, but at least 20 seconds of vigorous washing."
If your kid appears to be getting sick, don't give them an ibuprofen and send them to school. Keep them home so the infection doesn't spread.
NewsChannel5's Lee Jordan spoke with a doctor about how this flu season is particularly active. See the video for the interview.
Supervisor of Clinical Services at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health Cindy Modie and the staff there are gearing up for an impending flu immunization season.
Residents in Lorain County can head to the fairgrounds Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a flu vaccine. The flu shot costs $15. For non-residents, it costs $20.
The American Academy of Pediatrics urged parents Monday to vaccinate children against the flu as soon as possible.
The number of Ohioans hospitalized with the flu since last September jumped dramatically over the previous year, but health officials say there isn't an easy explanation for the increase.
The flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children so far -- about the average toll.
You never want to sit next to that guy during flu season.
It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting senior citizens, the most vulnerable age group.
The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again last week, U.S. health officials said Friday.