DOH-Leon Reminds You To Take Precautions This Flu Season
March 20, 2019
Tallahassee – With more than two months left to the 2018-19 flu season, the Florida Department of Health in Leon County continues to encourage everyone to get a flu vaccination.
Flu season runs from October to May and Leon residents are still becoming ill from the flu.
“Getting vaccinated against flu protects not just you, but everyone around you,” DOH-Leon Health Officer Claudia Blackburn said. “It also lessens your risk of being hospitalized and dying from the flu. You’re doing your part to protect the community at large when you get a flu vaccination.”
The flu vaccine is safe and recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.
Flu vaccines can vary in effectiveness from season to season, but they continue to be the best way to prevent influenza infection and serious influenza complications.
If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Your health care provider can prescribe antiviral treatment if appropriate. Treatment is most effective when started within 48 hours, so calling as soon as you become ill is important, especially if you or your loved one is at a higher risk for complications: children younger than 5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions.
Stay home from work and keep children home from school or daycare when sick to help prevent spreading the flu to others. It is also essential to practice good hygiene by properly and frequently washing your hands. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office. You can take additional steps to ward off the flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoiding touching your face.
Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how you can be a part of #FluFreeFlorida. Visit www.floridahealth.gov/floridaflu for more information on influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida.
About the Florida Department of Health
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