Flu shots still available at health department

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Patients wait in the emergency department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, Calif., on Jan. 5. This has been a very active flu season around the country. As of Friday, 30 children in the U.S. have died this year.
The Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is urging residents to get a flu vaccine now if you have not already.

DOH-Volusia offers flu vaccines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at all DOH-Volusia locations.

The locations are:
1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach.
775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City.
717 W. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.

Appointments for flu shots are not required.

There are still weeks of flu activity to come. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is safe and recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

Injectable shots
This year, the CDC only recommends injectable flu shots.

Flu vaccines can vary in effectiveness from season to season, but they continue to be the best way to prevent influenza infection and serious influenza complications.

To locate a flu shot at other locations near you, contact your health care provider or use DOH’s flu shot locator: www.flhealth.gov/findaflushot.

Treat right away
If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Your health care provider can prescribe antiviral treatment if appropriate.

Treatment is most effective when started within 48 hours, so calling as soon as you become ill is important, especially if you or your loved one is at a higher risk for complications: children younger than 5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions.

Stay home from work and keep children home from school or daycare when sick to help prevent spreading the flu to others. It is also essential to practice good hygiene by properly and frequently washing your hands.

Clean surfaces
Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office. You can take additional steps to ward off the flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoiding touching your face.

Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how you can be a part of #FluFreeFlorida.

Visit www.floridahealth.gov/floridaflu for more information on influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida.

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