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By Andrea McKinney

January 18, 2018

Collier County, Fla.— In Florida and throughout the U.S., flu activity is on the rise. In Collier, we are currently seeing an increase in flu activity.  

"Individuals should continue to receive the flu vaccine, particularly children and frail elders,” says Stephanie Vick, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Collier County.  “Other actions that can be taken to prevent getting and spreading the flu are frequent hand washing, keeping hands away from one's face and staying away from sick people.  If you are sick, stay home in order to help to prevent spreading the illness to others. Individuals must be vigilant in order to protect each other."

Collier County surveillance systems are showing an increase in emergency department visits for influenza-like illness. Therefore, DOH-Collier is urging residents to get your flu vaccine now if you have not already. There are several more weeks in the current influenza season. It is not too late to get your flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is safe, and recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

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 near you, contact your health care provider or use DOH’s flu shot locator:

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. 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 for more information on how you can be a part of #FluFreeFlorida. Visit for more information on influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida.

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