Cuyahoga County health officials urge getting flu shot early

Flu shots offer vaccines for new strains

CLEVELAND - 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.

Modie suggested shopping around now for a location to get a form of the flu vaccine that will work for your age group.

"The flu is so unpredictable. It's not a wait-and-see-type of disease. You want to get your flu shot early. You want to be fully protected. You want to make sure your children are protected and everyone around you," Modie said.

Symptoms include:
Fever
Headache
Tiredness
Dry cough
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle aches
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

Older people, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and kidney disease are at high risk for complications.

Complications include:
Pneumonia
Ear infections
Sinus infections
Dehydration
Worsening of chronic medical conditions including asthma and diabetes

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