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Flu activity increasing statewide

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From the Florida Department of Health in Orange CountyThe recent Florida Flu Review indicates an increase in the level of Flu activity in Central Florida. The week 49 report highlighted Flu numbers above observed levels for this time of year when compared to the two previous Flu seasons. According to the report, Orange County Influenza activity moved up from “Mild” activity to “Moderate” activity.The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) wants to remind residents of steps they can take to ward off the flu. Residents are encouraged to get their flu shot now if they have not already. It is not too late. The vaccine is safe, and recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. To locate a flu shot near you, contact your health care provider or use the Florida Department of Health’s flu shot locator: www.floridahealth.gov/findaflushot.

Flu prevention steps you can take:

practice good hygiene by properly and frequently washing your hands

make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office

take additional steps to ward off the flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoiding touching your face

if you are sick, stay at home to mitigate the transmission of the virus

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.

Signs of the Flu

Initially, the flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat, reports mayoclinic.com. But colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu tends to come on suddenly. And although a cold can be a nuisance, you usually feel much worse with the flu.

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)

Aching muscles

Chills and sweats

Headache

Dry, persistent cough

Fatigue and weakness

Nasal congestion

Sore throat

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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