DOVER - It’s still not too late to receive your flu vaccine. The Tuscarawas County Health Department is administering regular flu vaccines to both children and adults. To make an appointment, call 330-343-5555 ext. 181. The easiest way to protect yourself from the flu is to get a seasonal flu vaccine.


The majority of the United States is currently reporting high or moderate influenza activity. Tuscarawas County has seen a substantial increase in local flu activity from February 23rd - February 29th, compared to previous weeks. Both Nationally and Locally Influenza B viruses are the most reported influenza viruses.


The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reports thirteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths between February 9th and February 15th. This brings the total number of influenza pediatric deaths to 105 nationally for the 2019-2020 flu season. In Ohio, there have been two pediatric deaths associated with the flu. The CDC also estimates at least 29-million flu illnesses, nearly 300-thousand hospitalizations and over 15-thousand deaths from flu this season.

Locally, Tuscarawas County has seen an increase in hospitalized influenza cases over the past week. There have been 75-hundred influenza-associated hospitalizations in Ohio to date.  


Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches.


For prevention, get your yearly flu vaccine. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cover your cough, and regularly wash your hands. The flu virus can live on some surfaces for up to 48 hours. Routine cleaning of surfaces may reduce the spread of flu. Use heat above 167Flu viruses are killed by heat above 167° F (75° C). Or employ common household cleaning products containing chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents, iodophors, alcohols.


Conversely, if you’re already sick, stay home. 


The majority of flu illness can be treated at home. However, if symptoms become more severe, if you are pregnant, or you have an underlying chronic medical condition, seek medical attention immediately.


During your illness, stay away from those who may become ill easily or who are at high risk for complications from flu. Drink clear fluids such as water, broth or sports drinks. And get plenty of rest. Also, there are electrolyte beverages for infants to prevent them from becoming dehydrated.


The CDC recommends staying home for 24 hours after your fever is gone without using fever-reducing medication. For questions please contact the Tuscarawas County Health Department at (330) 343-5555 ext.164.