As the central part of the state reels from a serious flu outbreak, state officials are pushing the vaccination message.
by Alan McBride
ORLANDO, FLA. -- Recent outbreaks of the flu have caused health department officials to renew their call for people to get vaccinated.
State authorities say that, even though flu season is pretty much underway, there is still plenty of time to get a vaccine and dodge the bug.
The vaccine, which is plentiful this year, is recommended for those age six months old and up.
As always, people with depressed immune systems and those with any allergies or questions about their eligibility for the vaccine should check with a health care provider first.
But health officials say people need to remember that the flu is not like the common cold, so don't take it lightly or shrug off getting a flu shot.
The flu is one of the more nasty viral respiratory infections.
It often causes a more severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Health officials say get a vaccine and keep a close watch on your own health.
Be sure to watch for symptoms of the flu, such as headache, fever, a severe cough, runny nose, or body aches. Contact your primary care physician or a local hospital immediately if symptoms appear.
For those with the flu, antiviral medication may shorten both the duration and severity of illness.
The Florida Department of Health urges the following preventive steps for the flu --
1- Get vaccinated EVERY YEAR because as the flu types change, the vaccine changes.
2- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
3- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, because germs spread this way.
4- Avoid close contact with sick people.
5- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
If you get sick with flu-like illness, contact your primary care physician to determine whether you need antiviral medication. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
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