Influenza is on the rise in northeast Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said Thursday.
Silver Spring, MD - The FDA said it has approved a new flu vaccine that's made without eggs or the influenza virus.
The vaccine called Flublok is permitted for use in people 18 to 49 years of age to prevent seasonal flu.
The agency said the vaccine was created using DNA technology and an insect virus.
The FDA said the new technology offers the potential for faster start-up of the vaccine manufacturing process in the event of a pandemic.
Possible side effects include headache, fatigue and muscle aches.
These symptoms are also typical for conventional vaccines.
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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