Influenza is on the rise in northeast Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said Thursday.
CLEVELAND - If you or your child comes down with the flu, you should stay home from work and school. But when is it safe to go back?
No one wants to be around a sick co-worker or classmate. The best thing you can do for yourself and everyone else is to stay home until you get better.
Doctors say it usually takes about one week to get over the flu.
Did you know you're actually contagious the day before you start to show symptoms? And you can remain contagious for up to one week after that.
So when is it ok to go back to work or school? Doctors say it all depends on when your fever goes down.
"It's safe to return when you haven't had a fever for 24 hours and you haven't taken any medications to bring down that fever. That's generally when we can say you can go back to work or school. But you may still have a cough," explained Dr. Melissa Denham with Patient First.
In some cases, you may have a cough that lasts for weeks and you could have that run-down feeling for up to a month after getting the flu virus.
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.