How to protect health, finances during flu season

by Alicia Balog As students prepare for both the upcoming winter and finals week, Kent State University and health departments throughout the country recommend preparing for flu season as well. What is the flu? The “seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses” that usually lasts one to two weeks, according to flu.gov. Flu season, which began in October, typically goes to April or May depending on the year, said Becky Lehman, director of health education and promotion at the Portage County Health Department. Approximately 5 to 20 percent of people get the flu, according to flu.gov, Lehman said despite what people say, a person does not

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Kent’s storm water fund running low

  In a warning to Kent City Council on October 15, city budget and finance director David Coffee explained the need for the city to reallocate or raise more money for its storm water fund. The fund, which pays to allow the city to assess and maintain the city’s storm water, will be able to pay for storm water capital improvement projects, or storm water projects built by contractors, through 2015, but most likely not for the years following, Coffee said during the council’s annual Capital Improvement Plan update. “The Capital Improvement Plan is essentially a five-year rolling plan,” Coffee said. “Obviously the year that is most significant is the

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Public Health Officials Speak at Kent City Council

The Wednesday, October 13 Kent City Council meeting started with Ebola talk. Portage County Health Commissioner, Jeff Neistadt, Director of Kent State University Center for Public Health Preparedness, Dr. Christopher Woolverton, and Medical Director at City of Kent, Dr. Kirk Stiffler, all spoke at the beginning of the meeting. They addressed what information they knew so far, what exactly Ebola is and does, how it can be spread, and any inaccurate rumors that had been floating around. Anchor Intro: The news of Ebola patient, Amber Vinson, staying in Tallmadge took over social media Wednesday. Even City Council got caught up in the story and had public health experts give and

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Portage County employment offices to hold education and job fair Oct. 23

Ravenna High School will host a job and education fair on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The event, which is joint effort by OhioMeansJobs Portage County and Portage County Job and Family Services, is expected to draw 250 to 300 job seekers said Brian Boykin, workforce administrator at OhioMeansJobs Portage County. “Our goal is to help our county residents become employed,” Boykin said. “[For] those who are underemployed, we want to help them develop some skill sets and hopefully be employed in some occupation that can sustain a livable wage.” At least 15 businesses, seven educational institutions and six temp agencies will be at the fair said

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