Seasonal flu and cold information available from the Ohio Department of Health and CDC

2/3/2020

Effective strategies to reduce absences among students and staff during cold and flu season include good hand hygiene and annual vaccinations against influenza. 
 
The Ohio Department of Health provides information, guidance and tools on influenza and tracks Ohio influenza activity weekly throughout the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information on the benefits of hand-washing, along with general information and key facts about the importance of the annual influenza vaccination.
 
In addition, the Ohio Department of Health is coordinating with the CDC to closely monitor the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
 
Risk to the general public remains low, and the CDC recommends Americans use typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm;
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are ill.