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Influenza cases increasing in Northeast Ohio
Health officials say it's not too late to get your flu shot

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Amanda Rabinowitz
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Northeast Ohio health officials say influenza activity is on the rise and it’s not too late to get a flu shot. The Ohio Department of Health reports that as of last Friday, there have been nearly 350 hospitalizations across the state from influenza. Three flu strains are circulating this year, the most common of which is H1N1, or so-called swine flu, which caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009. Summit County Health Department’s Ann Morse says it’s important to take action now as influenza starts to peak in the next month. 


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“It takes about 10 days for the flu shot to work -- if you get the inactivated -- just to develop some antibodies. The flu sometimes lasts until March…the sooner you can do it the better."

Morse says it takes about 10 days to recover from influenza and the best thing to do is stay home, drink liquids and rest. She says people with underlying medical conditions, pregnant women or other high-risk groups should report to the hospital. 

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Summit County Public Health Influenza Surveillance Report

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