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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.
The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County has a supply of flu vaccine. The vaccine is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00am – 11:00pm and from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. If you have questions, please call 386-362-2708.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2014
Contact: DOH-Suwannee (386) 362-2708
TWO CASES OF PERTUSSIS REPORTED IN SUWANNEE COUNTY
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory tract.
It can infect persons of all ages, yet is most serious in infants, young children.
Pertussis is preventable with vaccine; Floridians are encouraged to get immunized.
Live Oak - Two cases of pertussis, better known as “whooping cough”, have been reported in Suwannee County and health officials are encouraging residents to ensure they have been vaccinated against the disease.
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory tract, and the disease spreads easily from person to person. People can get pertussis by breathing in droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze.
Initial symptoms of pertussis are like those of a cold, including runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough can become much worse. Pertussis can infect people of all ages, yet most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than one year of age. Children and the elderly with pertussis often have episodes of rapid, sporadic coughing followed by a characteristic intake of breath that sounds like a “whoop.” These “whooping” coughing spells can make it hard for a child or older adult to eat, drink, or even breathe.
“Pertussis is a very serious, yet preventable disease. Babies and young children often catch the disease from family members, so we urge the community to seek vaccination right away to decrease the risk of infection,” said Pamela M. Blackmon, Administrator of the Department of Health in Suwannee County. “In addition, vaccinating children helps protect the health of the whole community, especially those people who cannot be vaccinated. This includes children who are too young, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and individuals with poor immune systems.”
TDaP (includes pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria vaccines) for children is available at the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. -11 a.m. and 1 p.m. -4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. There is no charge for the vaccine if your child is age 18 or younger. Infants begin to receive pertussis vaccine at age 2 months.
Protection from the DTaP vaccine decreases over time. A one-time booster vaccine, TDaP for pre-teens and adults, helps people stay protected against the disease. Pre-teens should get the TDaP vaccine at 11 or 12 years of age. Adults and teens who did not get the TDaP vaccine as pre-teens should also receive it. This is very important for families and caregivers of babies. Pregnant women should get the vaccine during their last trimester.
Contact your healthcare provider or the Department of Health in Suwannee County at 386-362-2708 if you have questions about receiving pertussis vaccine.
Additional information about pertussis is available at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/vaccine-preventable-disease/pertussis/index.html.
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