Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060
January 11, 2018


January 11, 2018

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                  CONTACT: Tara Perkins (440) 350-2439

January 9, 2018                                                                                                     LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT


The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that the United States has experienced an increase in flu activity, with flu-like illnesses increasing to 5.8%1, similar to the previous severe flu season in 2014-2015. From December 24, 2018 to December 30, 2018, Ohio has experienced widespread flu diagnoses. Lake County General Health District also regrets to inform that Lake County has experienced three deaths related to the flu. In response to the current flu situation, the Lake County General Health Department will be offering two additional flu clinics for all community members:

January 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 These flu clinics are available to infants, children and adults and will take place at Lake County General Health District, located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. We ask participants to bring their insurance cards with them at the time of their visit. Please call 350-2554 to schedule your appointment today or if you have any questions about these flu clinics.

The flu can be a mild to serious illness that could result in hospitalization. The flu virus is easily spread by tiny droplets that are produced by coughing, sneezing or talking. These tiny droplets can travel through the air and enter the mouths or noses of another person or land on surfaces that others may touch. Once a person is exposed to the flu, it may take a few days for symptoms to occur. Symptoms of the flu include coughing, sneezing, fever or feeling hot and cold, running nose or stuffy nose, body aches and feeling tired.

“Regardless of whether you get your flu vaccine from us, your local healthcare provider or local pharmacy, getting the flu vaccine is your best defense in managing the flu and protecting others from getting it,” commented Tara Perkins, Lake County General Health District Director of Nursing. Other ways to prevent the flu include the following:

  • Wash your hands often, especially after sneezing or coughing and when preparing meals.
  • When sneezing, sneeze into the crease of your arm, near your elbow. This will reduce the spread of germs to your hands which could then travel to other people and surfaces.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Give your body time to recover and to protect your colleagues from getting sick.
  • Try to reduce your stress levels. This can cause your body to become rundown, making it more likely to picking up viruses.

For more information or please call the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2554 or visit


Marianne Rusnak
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