Hamilton County, OH…….. Schools in Northeast Hamilton County are experiencing elevated levels of influenza (flu) and influenza-like illnesses, according to Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) surveillance. Thanks to the Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day systems providing absence data, HCPH was able to get an early start on providing guidance in managing flu cases to all schools and daycare facilities in the County.
“As we all know, we are in the midst of a tough flu season,” says Hamilton County Health Commissioner, Tim Ingram. “It’s important to remain vigilant and practice good prevention techniques, especially for seniors, the very young and school-aged children.”
“I want to make sure to recognize and thank our school system partners who help us monitor illness in the community, especially during flu season,” Ingram adds. “In this voluntary program, schools report absences and illnesses to us. This gives us a quick look into what might be going around the County and allows us to get in front of potential health issues. We are grateful to our volunteer partners, as they are the first line in providing invaluable information.”
Hamilton County Public Health recommends:
- Get a flu vaccination
- Take everyday preventive actions, including: a. Stay away from sick people;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow;
- Wash hands frequently – clean hands prevent the spread of illness;
- Stay home if you are ill. In schools, separate sick children from the rest of the school population until they are able to get home. Keep children and staff home until they are without fever for 24 hours.
- For schools, clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces such as desks, door handles, keyboards, etc.
- Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
It’s not too late to get vaccinated. As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in February or later.
There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine.
- While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, it is the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, including those that can result in hospitalization.
- Even with vaccine effectiveness in the range of 30 to 60 percent, flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year.
For more information on seasonal influenza and its prevention, visit hcph.org.
Hamilton County Public Health works to assure the 480,000 citizens living outside the cities of Cincinnati, Norwood and Springdale are safe from disease, injury and contamination.
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Contact: Mike Samet, Public Information Officer
Posted by: Mike Samet