Florida Surgeon General Urges Vaccination As Best Defense Against Rapidly Spreading Flu Virus

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SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JAN 10, 2020

Health departments in the Tampa Bay region-Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota-are strongly encouraging residents older than six months of age to follow the Florida Department of Health's recommendation that all unvaccinated residents get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, nationwide, for the 2019-2020 season so far, there have been at least 6.4 million cases of influenza, more than 55,000 associated hospitalizations and approximately 2,900 related deaths. For Florida flu statistics, please visit the Department's Florida Flu Review website. "With this year's flu season in full swing, it is critical that adults and children get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others", said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. "By getting a flu shot now, you will protect yourself, as well as your family and friends." "Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread rapidly in our communities and cause severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death", said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees. "Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid the flu; it reduces the spread of the virus and can also help make illnesses less severe for those who do still get sick."

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