Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The state encourages anyone who thinks they have the flu and are pregnant, have other medical conditions or who are extremely ill to contact their doctor immediately.
“If you are sick, stay home from work or school to rest and get well, and keep from spreading flu to coworkers or school mates,” Bailer wrote via email. “Call your doctor early to see if Tamiflu is right for you, it can help to decrease the severity and length of time you are sick.”
State officials released new flu data late last week as a signal that residents should protect themselves and others.
“Flu vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu which can lead to missed work and school, and cause other serious health complications,” said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. “Pregnant women, young children and people who already have serious medical conditions are especially at risk for serious complications from the flu.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months or older receive a flu vaccine every season.
People who particularly should get shots, according to the CDC, are:
- Children younger than 5, but especially those under 2;
- Adults 65 or older;
- Pregnant women, and those who recently were pregnant;
- Residents of nursing homes or other long-term senior care facilities;
- American Indians and Alaska Natives seem to be at higher risk of flu complications;
- People with Asthma; and
- Those with neurological conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders (such as diabetes), liver disorders, kidney disorders; those with weakened immune systems, due to HIV, AIDS or cancer, anyone with extreme obesity and those younger than 19 on long-term aspirin therapy.