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.
MENTOR, Ohio - Nearly 3,000 students go to Mentor High School. Despite the flu hitting northeast Ohio hard, the school nurse's clinic was empty on Thursday.
Melissa Kirby teaches high school students how to run and operate a preschool. Everyday she cleans with bleach and water.
"One of my jobs as a teacher is breaking that chain of infection," Kirby said.
Head custodian Mike Swider now has a machine in his cleaning arsenal. The electrostatic sprayer sprays a fine mist of disinfectant with enough force to get to hard-to-reach areas.
"We find the machines effective and are buying more for the district," said Jen Skulski with Mentor Public Schools.
It's used in classrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms weekly. It used to take extra staff four hours to disinfect the school. Now one person can do the same job in 45 minutes.
No attendance comparisons have been made.
"I had a 100 percent attendance today," Kirby said.
The maker said the sprayer meets EPA guidelines. On its website, the company said the active ingredient is PCMX, which is also used in surgical scrubs.
The company said the disinfectant mist is safe, gentle and such a fine mist that even papers left on a table or desk stay dry.
Mentor now has eight of these machines throughout the school system, but they're not cheap, going for several thousand dollars each.
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.
Government epidemiologists insist that many things go into making a flu season nasty or mild, early or late.
If you come down with the flu and you're a healthy adult, the quickest way to get over it is to stay home, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.