Florida Health Promotes National Influenza Vaccination Week
November 25, 2015
Nov. 25, 2015
Keep Vaccine between Your Family & Disease
Tallahassee, Fla.—The weather in Florida may be cooling down, but flu season is just heating up. The Florida Department of Health reminds you that your best defense against flu is the annual flu vaccine. The flu vaccine not only works to prevent you from getting sick, but it helps to protect those around you. The flu vaccine is available in both the flu shot and nasal spray form. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children 6 months an older get the vaccine every year.
Remember to frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if it soap and water are not available. 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 flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, frequently washing your hands and avoiding touching your face.
Flu symptoms can vary for everyone. Contact your health care practitioner if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea (in some children)
It is also important to encourage those who are feeling ill to avoid coming into work or school and to take precautions against coming into contact with those who are most vulnerable. People at higher risk for flu-related complications include children ages 0-5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions such as asthma.
You can put the flu vaccine between you and disease by receiving your vaccination today. Check with your family physician, retail pharmacist or find a local county health department to get your flu vaccine.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.