Ohio Flu activity increased to ‘Regional’
The Ohio Department of Health officially describes flu as “Regional” meaning influenza activity is being reported in multiple areas across the state.
“Unlike the cold viruses that are spreading out there, you can do something about the flu. You can protect yourself by getting a flu shot. We encourage everyone to get one. It’s time to do it if you haven’t already, especially with holiday parties and family gatherings coming soon”, said Joyce Richmond R.N., the Delaware General Health District’s Director of Nursing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend flu shots for everyone aged six months or older.
According to Ms. Richmond, increasing numbers of people are getting flu-like illnesses. The season’s first case of flu in Delaware County was reported in October. Since then, multiple positive flu labs have been reported, including the first case of influenza associated with hospitalization. Meanwhile, the last two weeks have seen an increase locally in emergency room and pediatric urgent care patients complaining of flu-like symptoms. Over-the-counter sales of cough and cold medications and throat lozenges in this area have also increased in recent weeks.
The Delaware General Health District Clinic at 3 West Winter Street in downtown Delaware has Quick Flu Clinics scheduled every Wednesday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon through December. Flu shots also are offered at Adult Walk-In Clinics every weekday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the same location, and at all regularly scheduled adult and childhood immunization clinics at “DGHD In Your Neighborhood” locations.
Phone the clinic at 740–203-2040 or go to < www.delawarehealth.org > for scheduled or appointments.
Delaware General Health District flu clinics offer Fluzone High Dose vaccine to provide
extra protection to persons 65 and older, in addition to the regular seasonal flu shot. Also
available is Flu Mist nasal spray vaccine for healthy persons aged 2 to 49.
Pneumonia shots are recommended for persons over 65 who have not received them
already, younger persons with chronic health conditions as well as smokers.
The DGHD accepts most private insurance plans for flu immunizations as well as
Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Managed Care Plans. Flu shots cost $10 for children through age 18 and $20 for adults. Flu Mist costs $10 for children and $30 for adults. A sliding fee scale is available that may reduce the cost.