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Have You Gotten Your Flu Vaccine? It's Not Too Late!
Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu. Beyond hand washing and avoiding contact with infected people, vaccination is the single best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends. Flu viruses are constantly changing therefore flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and most commonly circulating viruses. Furthermore, the immune protection from vaccination declines over time and annual vaccination is needed for the best protection.
Everyone is at risk for seasonal influenza.
Health experts now recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it is especially important that the following groups be vaccinated:
Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
People 50 years of age and older
People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
People who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: Health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, and household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Some children 6 months to 8 years of age may need 2 doses of the vaccine to be fully protected. Ask your doctor.
The flu vaccine is safe and cannot give you the flu. Some people do experience mild side effects from the shot though. The most common side effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot is given.
The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County has a supply of flu vaccine. The vaccine is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 11:00pm and from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. If you have questions, please call 386-294-1321.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 09, 2014
Contact: Michael Mitchell (386) 294-1321
Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County Warns of Health Risks After a Flood
Do not allow children to play in floodwaters
Practice mosquito prevention with "Drain and Cover"
Mayo – The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County encourages residents and visitors in the Mayo area to use caution as flooding and standing water form as a result of the large amount of rain received during recent storms.
"We urge residents and visitors in affected areas to protect themselves and their families from potential health risks presented by floodwaters," said FDOH-Lafayette Environmental Supervisor Michael Mitchell. "As we continue to respond to the storms’ impact, life safety is our first and foremost concern and everyone should continue to heed instructions from local officials."
Contaminated flood waters may cause illness. Do not wade through standing water. If you have open cuts or sores exposed to the floodwater, practice basic hygiene and keep them as clean as possible by washing with soap and disinfected or boiled water. Do not allow children to play in floodwaters or with toys that have been in floodwaters until the toys have been disinfected. Avoid eating or drinking anything that has been contaminated with flood waters.
In addition, heavy rains and flooding can lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Prevent mosquitoes by practicing "Drain and Cover":
- Drain standing water
- Cover your skin with clothing and repellent
- Cover doors and windows with screens
For additional tips on how to keep your family healthy and safe from floodwaters, see the attached Flood Information Sheet.
For more information on how you can keep your family healthy and safe, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County at 386-294-1321 or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/chdLafayette/index.html.
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