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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY ENCOURAGES PREGNANT WOMEN TO RECEIVE FLU VACCINATION

The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County urges pregnant wmen to receive the flu vaccination due to the increased impact that the influenza infections are having on pregnant women and their babies in Florida this year.

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.
For more information on pregnant women and influenza, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST MOSQUITO BITES

The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County emphasizes the importance of residents and visitors protecting themselves against all mosquito-borne illnesses.

Please take the following precautions to protect you and your family from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

  • Dusk and Dawn - Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active.
  • Dress - Wear light colored clothing that can be used as a barrier to prevent mosquito bites including long sleeve shirts, pants, and socks.
  • Drainage - Check your home for any standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
  • Screens - Insure windows remain closed and repair or replace screens as needed.
Picture of a mosquito


 

Florida Department of Health in Sumter County urges residents:
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


Pertussis causes uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention therefore recommends that persons receive a booster dose, ideally to persons at 11-12 years of age. If this booster dose was not given, the CDC recommends a one time booster dose be given as soon as possible to all adolescents and adults, including persons ages 65 and older.
The Florida Department of Health may be reached at 352-569-3121 for more information.
Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control



Epidemiology: To report an immediately notifiable disease, call (352) 569-3106 during normal business hours. After hours, call (352) 569-3102.

Page last updated: 1/8/2014