Health Matters: The Flu is Here, Amber Archer, Canton City Health Department
Flu season typically begins in October and lasts through March, and now that we have arrived at week 11 of flu season, we are already seeing many cases in Stark County. The Ohio Department of Public Health upgraded its description of flu activity in the state to “widespread,” the highest geographic indicator. Prior to this, this status was graded “regional,” meaning influenza has already geographically spread to a level that Ohio didn’t hit last year until mid-January. Although flu season is already here, it’s not too late to protect yourself by getting a flu shot. Today we talk with Canton City Public Health Department Epidemiologist Amber Archer.