Monday, February 4, 2013
Flu symptoms are on the decline in the area.
It looks like the flu is on the decline in Summit County. Summit County Public Health provides weekly influenza reports on its website. According to the most recent reports, which ended Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, flu-related hospital admissions declined two weeks in row—down to just 23 patients admitted—and emergency department visits for flu-like symptoms also decreased. If you've missed the flu this season and want to make sure you stay healthy, check out this article for some tips from a local doctor. Did you get a flu shot this season? Do you wish you had — or hadn’t? Tell us in the comments.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
There have been more than 2,500 flu-related hospitalizations across the state so far this season.
This has already been an intense season for the flu in Ohio and across the country. Summit County provides weekly influenza reports on its website. As of Jan. 18, the most recent report — which ended on Jan. 5 — showed flu activity increasing in the area. More people were hospitalized than the week before —from 53 to 69 — and there was an increase in the number of antiviral prescriptions filled. Hospitals also continued their visitation restrictions because of the spread of the flu. On the plus side, there were fewer complaints of symptoms like fevers or sore throats in that time. The Ohio Department of Health’s website has some more recent information, and some of the figures are staggering. There have already been more than 2,500 flu-…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Here's how you can prevent the flu from getting to you.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The illness has been reaching high levels across the state and country.
Ohio is in the midst of an “unusually” active influenza season, the Ohio Department of Health reports. Summit County Public Health tracks influenza activity by the week. According to the most recent report, which is for the week ending Dec. 29, emergency room visits for constitutional symptoms continued to climb. Emergency room visits for fevers and/or coughs and sore throats decreased a bit, but still made up about 3.5 percent of all visits. Hospitals in Summit County reported a 212 percent increase in flu-related admissions—from 17 in the week ending Dec. 22 to 53 in the week ending Dec. 29. Visitation restrictions were put in place at area hospitals on Jan. 3. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The number of influenza-related cases has been on the rise in recent weeks.
Make sure you have your Kleenex and ginger ale ready — the number of flu cases is picking up in Summit County. Summit County Public Health tracks influenza activity by the week. According to the most recent report, which ended on Dec. 22, about 3.5 percent of all emergency department visits during that time were for fevers or flu-related symptoms, such as coughs or sore throats. There was also an increase in the number of flu-related hospitalizations and antiviral prescriptions. Google.org’s flu trends for Cleveland show numbers increasing rapidly in recent weeks and reaching “intense” levels. Hospitals restricting visitation Hospitals across the region are reducing the risk of transmission by limiting visitation privileges among …
Friday, December 7, 2012
St. John Medical Center doctor offers guidance on flu symptoms and flu shots.
As winter closes in, it's time to think about what should be, for some people, an annual tradition: Flu shots. Who needs to get a flu shot? Dr. Roy Seitz, director of the emergency department at St. John Medical Center, offered this list. Click here for more information on flu shots from the Centers for Disease Control. Residents can schedule flu shot appointments at Walgreens in Fairlawn. Appointments can be made online The Fairlawn RiteAid also offers flu shots. Call 330-867-8492 to make an appointment. Target in Fairlawn also offers flu shots for people ages 14 and older. Call for information, (330) 865-9001. Giant Eagle Pharmacies also offer flu shots. More information here, or by calling (330) 836-1504. If you can’t afford a flu shot…