Influenza is on the rise in northeast Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said Thursday.
MEDINA, Ohio - Flu season is in full swing in the Buckeye state. Normally we do not see cases of the flu until February. That is not stopping this virus from spreading across the area early and quickly.
The Medina County Health Department kept its doors open later specifically for the kids. The waiting rooms were jam packed full of parents and children. This session was only available for children six months of age all the way up to eighteen.
Patti Hetkey was very concerned. "We were panicking, with the flu season kicking in, we didn't know where we were going to get a vaccine."
When all was said and done, the clinic gave out about 150 vaccinations.
Lisa Strebler, who is the Director of Nursing at the Medina County Health Department, wants to make sure the kids are taken care of.
"Our concern for children is that their environment where maybe the best hygiene isn't happening at the schools," Strebler said.
It is still not too late to get a vaccine for the flu season. It usually takes about two weeks after the vaccine is administered for the body to build up immunity to the flu.
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.
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