CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Clinic will offer more than 100 seasonal flu vaccination clinics throughout Northeast Ohio, starting Sept. 20.
For a full list of locations, CLICK HERE.
Flu season usually runs from October through March.
A seasonal flu vaccination is recommended for the following people:
- Children 6 months and older
- Adults 65 and older
- Women who are/will be pregnant during flu season
- Anyone with long-term medical conditions, such as:
- Chronic Lung Disease
- Anyone with weakened immune system
- Residents of nursing homes, chronic care centers
- Healthcare providers
- Dormitory residents or people in classroom settings
- Anyone who wants to reduce changes of getting the flu
In addition to the flu shot, various other practices can greatly reduce the risk of contracting the influenza virus. This includes frequent hand washing with soap and water, covering your coughs and sneezes and staying home from work and school if you are sick (to prevent the spread of the illness).
Common flu symptoms include fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, body aches, headache, rapid onset of fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, dry cough, severe chest discomfort, chills, or sweats. Anyone with these symptoms should call their doctor.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three strains of the virus that research suggests will be the most common this upcoming season. This year's viruses are influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and influenza B.