Richland Public Health Reports County Hit Hard By The Flu

Richland Public Health Reports County Hit Hard By The Flu

  • 2/8/2019 2:41:56 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - Richland County Public Health has reported that the flu outbreak has hit Richland County hard this season. 

The county saw 230 total cases of influenza since December of 2018, according to Richland Public Health. There have been 25 hospitalizations for influenza for Richland County. 

"We are seeing an increase in influenza activity," Emily Leedy, Richland Public Health epidemiologist, said. "Unfortunately, the ones being hit the hardest are the most vulnerable: seniors and children."

Richland Public Health recommends everyone to get a flu shot since flu season usually extends to March. 

The following tips were provided by Richland Public Health:

1. Get a flu shot. It is never too late to be vaccinated for flu. Any protection is better than none, and studies have shown that the vaccine can reduce the risk of death and intensive care unit admission. Call Richland Public Health at 419-774-4700 for a flu shot.

2. Wash your hands. Soap and water or alcohol-based gels and foams work well against the flu.

3. If you are ill, stay home. The last thing anyone would want to do is spread illness in our community, especially to vulnerable patients. If you are ill, please stay home at least until your fever resolves and you are feeling better.

Richland Public Health has a flu vaccine for all ages and a supply of the “high dose” flu vaccinations for those ages 65 and older. Walk-ins are welcome at the Public Health Clinic, but calling for an appointment (419-774- 4700) can shorten your wait time.

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