Flu is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person through sneezing, coughing and contact with hands that touch the eyes, nose and mouth.

Getting the flu can be serious. More than 200,000 are sick enough to be in the hospital. Almost 36,000 people die every year (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu.

Remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and before you eat. Teach your children to wash their hands after coughing, sneezing and before they eat. Cough into your sleeve and not into your hands.

Symptoms of Flu

  • Fever 
  • Headache 
  • Tiredness 
  • Dry cough 
  • Runny or stuffy nose 
  • Muscle aches 
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

Older people, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and kidney disease are at high risk for complications. 

Complications of Flu

  • Pneumonia 
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections 
  • Dehydration 
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions including asthma and diabetes.

Flu Shots

We offer flu shots at each of our immunization clinics. Click here to view all of our clinic services and locations.
Starting September 28th, 2015 we will offer walk-in flu shots are available 9 -11:30 a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health Main Clinic located at 5550 Venture Drive in Parma.  More times and locations are available by appointment. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 216-201-2041.

We accept:

  • Medicare Part B as your primary insurance
  • Cash or check
  • Insurance (Check with insurance company for coverage).

We provide free flu shots for children and adults without insurance or without the ability to pay.


Flu Reports

The Cuyahoga County Public Health Collaborative analyzes influenza-related data for our county. The reports are produced weekly. Click here to view the reports.