Three perish from influenza in Lake County

Flu Season Takes Hold Of U.S.

(Mentor) - Lake County General Health District reports that Lake County has experienced three deaths related to the flu.  

In response to the current flu situation, the Lake County General Health Department will be offering two additional flu clinics for all community members: 

January 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

These flu clinics are available to infants, children and adults and will take place at Lake County General Health District, located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. 

The district is asking participants to bring their insurance cards with them at the time of their visit. Please call 350-2554 to schedule your appointment today or if you have any questions about these flu clinics.

The flu can be a mild to serious illness that could result in hospitalization. 

The flu virus is easily spread by tiny droplets that are produced by coughing, sneezing or talking. 

These tiny droplets can travel through the air and enter the mouths or noses of another person or land on surfaces that others may touch. 

Once a person is exposed to the flu, it may take a few days for symptoms to occur. Symptoms of the flu include coughing, sneezing, fever or feeling hot and cold, running nose or stuffy nose, body aches and feeling tired.

“Regardless of whether you get your flu vaccine from us, your local healthcare provider or local pharmacy, getting the flu vaccine is your best defense in managing the flu and protecting others from getting it,” commented Tara Perkins, Lake County General Health District Director of Nursing.  

Other ways to prevent the flu include the following:

• Wash your hands often, especially after sneezing or coughing and when preparing meals.

• When sneezing, sneeze into the crease of your arm, near your elbow. This will reduce the spread of germs to your hands which could then travel to other people and surfaces.

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