FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DOH- Franklin
December 31, 2013 (850) 653 – 2111
Florida Department of Health in Franklin County Encourages
Pregnant Women to Receive Flu Vaccination
Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County urges pregnant women to receive the flu vaccination due to the increased impact that influenza infections are having on pregnant women and their babies in Florida this year.
“The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent flu,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Franklin. “We want to make sure people understand how important it is for pregnant women to receive the influenza vaccination to protect themselves and their babies.”
The Department of Health in Franklin County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.
Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. 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. For more information on pregnant women and influenza, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm
It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers and schools. Check with your physician, the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/prevention-safety-and-wellness/flu-prevention/locate-a-flu-shot.html to search for a location to receive a flu vaccine.
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