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Influenza (Flu) Advisory Issued for Martin County

By Renay Rouse

December 30, 2014

(Martin County, FL) – An influenza advisory is now in effect in for Martin County following higher than normal rates of influenza and influenza like illness (ILI).

Seasonal influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms of influenza include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County, Epidemiology Division monitors influenza cases throughout the county through several surveillance systems including visits to Emergency Rooms and laboratory confirmed influenza cases.

Influenza rates in the county have been on the rise for several weeks with a higher than normal number of lab confirmed cases last week, December 21 to 27. Lab confirmed reports show more than 60% of cases in the age group of 25 years and older.

Residents are urged to practice prevention:

  • Get vaccinated against Influenza. It’s recommended that everyone over the age of six months get vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue into the trash after you use it.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you experience Influenza like illness, contact your doctor for guidance. Medication to lessen the severity of the symptoms may be prescribed by your doctor.

For more information about influenza or to find influenza vaccine providers in your area, log on to www.MartinCountyHealth.com and click on the Influenza (flu) information banner at the top of the screen.