“Getting your flu shot helps protect all, including older adults, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications,” he said.
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
“If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others,” said de Fijter.
Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include:
- Washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Covering coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing and sneezing into elbow
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication
For more information, visit www.flu.ohio.gov.