Holiday season and the beginning of the new year are right around the corner. This makes it the perfect time to get your flu shot. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recommends that all Ohioans 6 months or older get a flu shot immediately. This is the time of year that we see a rise in cases of the flu.
At this time, ODH has increased the flu activity level to “regional,” meaning that just under half of the state is seeing flu activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as many as 2,400 people have died since October from the flu.
“It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to fully develop in the body” said ODH Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH. “With friends and family starting to gather for the holiday season, it is the perfect time to make sure you and your loved ones are protected against the virus.”
“We want our residents to stay healthy this holiday season.” said Health Commissioner Nasandra Wright, MPH, RS. “We want to make sure everyone is protected against the flu by getting vaccinated. This will prevent spreading the flu to friends and family members.”