Summit County Public Health strongly encourages residents to get a flu vaccine every year. However, SCPH will no longer be offering public flu clinics as we have in the past. The influenza vaccine is readily available throughout the county at grocery stores, pharmacies and other accessible locations. To locate a place for a flu vaccine, please visit www.healthmap.org/flushot, enter your zipcode and you'll see a list of locations with the addresses, hours that the vaccine is offered and the cost. Stay healthy!
Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Flu can cause a range of symptoms and effects, from mild to lethal. Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications.
Flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.
Annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, and a seasonal flu vaccine is available. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu. Flu-related deaths range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average 23,600).
A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population; the virus causes serious illness and spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide
Please visit the MORE INFORMATION • FORMS tab and the RESOURCES • LINKS tab above for more information about influenza.