Flu Season Messages from the Department of Aging and Department of Public Health

From the Department of Aging:

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Each year in the Unites States, nine out of 10 flu related deaths and six out of 10 flu related hospital stays occur in people 65 years of age and older. Get your flu shot at one of our upcoming events:

Tuesday, September 24 at the Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lake Shore Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio  44110

or

Tuesday, October 1 at the Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.  Both events run from 10 am – 2 pm. The flu shot clinics are held in partnership with the National Council on Aging, the Cleveland Departments of Aging and Public Health and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

From the Cleveland Department of Public Health: 

Don’t Let the Flu Tackle You!

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by more than one type of influenza virus strains. The flu can cause mild to severe illness in individuals and in some cases can lead to death. Certain individuals are at a high risk of developing complications from the flu, including the elderly, children, and people with chronic medical conditions (e.g. asthma or diabetes).

Most people that are healthy will recover from the flu with no serious problems.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot. For more information call our flu hotline at (216) 664-4621 or follow this Link for more information on our seasonal flu vaccination schedule.

Everyone should get their yearly flu vaccine, but these groups are at a higher risk for complications from the flu:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children ages 6 months to 5 years
  • People 50 years and older
  • People who have a long-term illness (high blood pressure, liver, heart, or lung disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer or a weakened immune system.)
  • People who live with or take care of someone who is: 0-5 years old or at a higher risk for health complications due to the flu.

2013 Flu Vaccine Schedule 

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

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