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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:

  • Pregnant women

  • 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: December 30, 2013

Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County Announces Temporary Flu Vaccination Payment for Pregnant Medicaid Recipients

Contact: DOH-Lafayette (386) 294-1321

Mayo - The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County announces that Florida Medicaid will cover the cost of influenza vaccination for all pregnant women through March 31, 2014. This step is being taken in Florida due to the increased impact of the flu on pregnant women and their babies.

“The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent flu and it is very important for pregnant women to receive the flu shot,” said Pamela Blackmon, Administrator of DOH-Lafayette. “We want to make sure that people are aware of this new opportunity for pregnant women to receive flu vaccination through Medicaid reimbursement.”

The Department of Health in Lafayette County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.

Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment. For more information on pregnant women and influenza, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm

It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers and schools. Check with your physician, Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/prevention-safety-and-wellness/flu-prevention/locate-a-flu-shot.htmlto search for a location to receive a flu vaccine.

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