October to March is the traditional flu season. The Centers for Disease Control says 5 to 20 percent of the population will battle flu each year. Chris Davidson reports.
As we all know, the flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection. More than 5,200 Ohioans were hospitalized for flu symptoms last year.
MORALES: Last year, the flu was very nasty.
That’s Maria Morales. She’s a pharmacy technician at Cornersburg Family Discount Drugs.
MORALES: Hopefully, this year is not as bad as it was last year.
Her pharmacy provides flu shots once a year, but many pharmacies give flu shots year-round.
MORALES: 95 to 100 percent of the insurances do cover flu vaccines.
Those vaccines are designed to protect against – what experts predict – will be the most common viruses for the year.
As in years past, the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health are recommending everyone 6 months and older get flu vaccines.
For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Chris Davidson.