The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

January 12, 2013

Flu outbreak spurs Ashtabula County run on vaccines

Demand increases over the past few days


For that reason, vaccine received this month can still prove effective, even with the two-week period usually needed to build up anti-bodies, health officials have said. Vaccine on hand locally is designed to combat the influenza strains now in circulation, said Chris Kettunen, county nursing director. “It’s more than 60 percent effective,” she said Friday.

People can help stem the spread of flu virus by washing their hands regularly, muzzle coughs and sneezes, get plenty of rest, eat properly and stay home when not feeling well, experts agree.

Flu vaccine is still available from the county health department. Below is a list of clinics established by the county health department:

• Jefferson — Health Department office, 12 W. Jefferson St.; first Monday of each month (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.); other Mondays (8 a.m.-4 p.m.), Fridays (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

• Geneva — Assumption Church Rectory, 594 West Main, Wednesday (1-3 p.m.)

• Ashtabula Township — Township Hall, routes 20 and 11, Wednesday (11 a.m.-noon)

• Kingsville Township — Presbyterian Church, 3058 W. Main St.; fourth Thursday of each month (10 a.m.-noon); second Friday of each month (10 a.m.-noon)

• Orwell — St. Mary’s Church, Orwell; second and fourth Thursday (1-3 p.m.)

• Andover — Christian Church, Stillman Avenue; third Tuesday of each month (1-3 p.m.)

For vaccine clinic information in Conneaut and Ashtabula, call the municipal health departments at 593-3087 and 992-7122, respectively.

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