January 20, 2015
The Florida Department of Health reports that the 2014-2015 flu season is off to an early start and Floridians are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against the flu. Activity levels are highest in children but overall influenza activity is widely spread across the state. The Department is encouraging families to get their flu vaccine.
Additional steps to prevent flu include coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, washing your hands frequently, and keeping your hands away from your face. 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. Early treatment with antivirals is important and can help people get better more quikcly as well as help to prevent severe complications.
The best way to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during flu season is to: 1) get vaccinated 2)Stay home if you are sick, and 3)See your doctor if experiencing flu-like symptoms.
For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/parents/index.htm