Ohio Department of Aging/Ohio Department of Health

With flu season underway, the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Health urge Ohioans to take steps to avoid getting and spreading the flu. Older adults are at increased risk of complications from the flu. Infections are highly contagious and spread by coughing and contact. By protecting yourself, you are also protecting those around you.

“The best way to avoid the flu is by getting a flu shot,” said Amy Acton, MD, MPH, director of the Ohio Department of Health. “The vaccine can reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu or reduce the severity of symptoms and length of time you are contagious if you do get sick.”

“If you spend time with older loved ones or work with or around older adults, get a flu shot,” added Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “It’s simple: You can’t spread the flu if you don’t get the flu.”

Flu is caused by a virus and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, it can lead to death. Flu symptoms may come on quickly and include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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