Influenza

University Hospitals Teams Up With Other Area Hospitals to Encourage Flu Vaccinations

As flu season gets underway in northeast Ohio, University Hospitals and other area health care institutions want to remind the community about the importance of getting vaccinated against influenza, which kills thousands of people in the U.S. every year.

Together, the City of Cleveland, UH, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System, and the Sisters of Charity Health System are launching the Focus On Flu campaign to remind residents about the real dangers posed by the flu and to encourage them to get a flu shot, the best protection against the flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases often begin to increase in October and November, peaking in December, January and February. While each flu season is different and difficult to predict, over the last 30 years flu-associated deaths in the U.S. ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 people.

“Getting a flu shot is one of the best things that you can do for your health,” said Michael Anderson, MD, Chief Medical Officer of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. “It not only offers personal protection to an individual, it also helps stop the spread of the flu to other people – family members, friends, co-workers. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting a flu shot.”

Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone 6 months of age and older. Children between 6 months and 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected from the flu. Others who are at an elevated risk include pregnant women, people over age 65, people with compromised immune systems, and those with chronic conditions such as heart disease or asthma.

Prevention Tips

In addition to getting vaccinated, preventive actions also can reduce the spread of influenza: Wash your hands often. Avoid close contact with sick people. Stay home from work or school if you are sick with the flu. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Learn More

The Focus On Flu website lists local flu clinics, in addition to important links and information about influenza.

To make an appointment for a flu shot, contact your primary care physician or request an appointment online.

For further details about the Focus On Flu campaign, read the full press release.

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