January 11, 2018
Media Contact: Leanne Beavers, BSN, RN, Summit County Public Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
It is Still Not Too Late To Get the Flu Vaccine
- Akron, Ohio – Summit County Public Health (SCPH) warns Summit County that the flu
is widespread across Ohio as well as 46 other States. Symptoms of flu can include
fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Flu and the common
cold are both respiratory illnesses so it is important to know the difference. Use the
quick reference chart below to help you determine if it is the flu or a common cold.
However, when in doubt make an appointment with your family physician.
SYMPTOMS COLD FLU
Fever Rare Usually Present
Aches Slight Usual, often severe
Chills Uncommon Fairly Common
Tiredness Mild Moderate to severe
Sudden Symptoms Symptoms appear gradually Symptoms can appear within 3-6 hours
Coughing Hacking, productive cough Dry, unproductive cough
Sneezing Common Uncommon
Stuffy nose Common Uncommon
Sore throat Common Uncommon
Chest Discomfort Mild to moderate Often severe
Headache Uncommon Common
Produced by Pittsburg State University
- Influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most common flu viruses circulating this
season, according to the CDC. The Ohio Department of Health states, “H3N2-
predominant flu seasons have been associated with more severe illness, especially
among children and adults age 65 and older. Vaccine effectiveness against H3N2
viruses has been around 30 percent. Vaccine effectiveness against other circulating flu
viruses has been about 60 percent for H1N1 viruses, and around 50 percent for
influenza B viruses. A study also done on flu vaccination said that it can significantly
reduce a child’s risk of dying from the flu”. It is not too late to get your flu vaccination.
Flu vaccinations are still available at most healthcare providers’ offices and retail
- Other ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include washing hands frequently;
covering coughs and sneezes with tissues; coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding
touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24
hours without using fever-reducing medication. Persons with flu like symptoms should
not visit patients in hospitals or nursing homes.
- For more information on flu please visit www.flu.ohio.gov or www.scphoh.org.