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.
BALTIMORE - People who have had the flu say it's like being hit by a truck. It leaves you feeling run down, achy, miserable.
If you get a really bad case of the flu, it could land you in bed for a week. But don't try to fight it. Your body needs the extra rest to recover.
Here are some suggestions to get you back on your feet:
- Getting plenty of sleep. It's one of the best ways to get over the flu. It's your body's way of repairing and recharging what's happened to your immune system.
- Drink lots of water. That helps replenish your fluids and it keeps you from getting dehydrated. Your body has to be hydrated to function properly. You can also drink juice, but stay away from soda and other caffeinated drinks.
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications can help relieve fever and body aches.
If the flu lasts longer than a week, or you're dealing with any other complications, don't hesitate to call your doctor.
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.