State agencies urge Ohioans to stay protected by getting the flu shot

State agencies urge Ohioans to stay protected by getting the flu shot

The Ohio Department of Aging and Health are urging Ohioans to avoid getting and spreading the flu by getting a flu shot.

The flu is a highly contagious virus that can cause mild to severe illness and is spread by coughing and contact. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuff nose, and more.

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To minimize your risk of getting and spreading the flu:

  • Get a flu shot. Early vaccination offers the best protection against the flu
  • Get plenty of sleep, manage stress and be physically active as is appropriate for you
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods
  • Wash your hands frequently, scrubbing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • When you can't wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands during flu season
  • Avoid contact with people who may have the flu as well as surfaces they may have touched
  • If you think you may have the flu, limit the time you spend with others until you're fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine
  • Call ahead to doctor's offices, nursing homes and senor centers to see if they have special visitation restrictions for those who have flu-life symptoms
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow then wash any affected skin immediately
  • If you get the flu, proper care can lessen symptoms and decrease the time you are ill and the time you are able to infect others.

For more information, visit www.flu.ohio.gov.