Mayor Starr concerned about flu outbreak

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Mayor Gary Starr is concerned about the severe outbreak of the flu virus in Middleburg Heights and all of Ohio.

Starr said, “Fortunately at this point, we are not at the point of a public health crisis.”

But he is still urging Middleburg Heights residents to do their part and combat this virus head-on.

“While there is not a 100 percent guarantee of avoiding the flu, the vaccine is one proactive measure we each can take to help ward off the virus and help eliminate the spread of the virus in our community. We are trying to inform those living and doing business in Middleburg Heights that there is still plenty of the flu vaccine available and where they can go to get vaccinated in our area,” said Starr.

Health officials say it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect, and even those who have gotten the shot are still susceptible.

“With a heightened number of individuals being treated throughout Ohio with influenza and influenza-like illnesses, here at Southwest General we are seeing a rapid growing number of patients throughout our Emergency Department and Urgicares in Strongsville and Brook Park,” said Attila Kiss, M.D., medical director, Southwest General Emergency Department. “It is vital for individuals to stay alert of their signs and symptoms. Pay close attention to a cough, sore throat, runny nose or fever. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, seek appropriate medical attention. And, in any case of emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.”

The Ohio Department of Health encourages everyone to get a flu vaccine each flu season and the CDC notes that it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  3. People 65 years of age and older
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu

According to the CDC the type of flu that has dominated this season in our area and in much of the country is known as H3N2, typically causing more severe illness than other types and it is particularly dangerous for the elderly.

The City of Middleburg Heights invites the public to attend our annual “Family Health and Safety Fair” at the Community Center on February 2 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. At this time the flu vaccine is still available for distribution through Walgreen’s, however, please call and check the availability that morning (440) 234-2255.

There are still several locations in the Middleburg Heights area providing flu vaccines immediately:

 

Provider                                     Location                      Phone

Southwest General:                    

Brook Park Urgicare     15900 Snow Road     440-816-8744

Strongsville Urgicare    18181 Pearl Road      440-816-2273

CVS                                  7259 Pearl Road      440-243-3294

Walgreen’s                       7260 Pearl Road      440-886-2353

Giant Eagle                 6869 Southland Dr.      440-885-3019

 

OTHER LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/pastreports.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/features/odhfeatures/seasflu/seasonalinfluenza.aspx