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Flu Vaccine Before Halloween

By Breanna Johnson

September 20, 2019

Flu season is here! The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can vary from mild to severe and may lead to death. Some common symptoms of the flu include fever (not everyone with the flu will have a fever), cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and runny or stuffy nose. The best way to prevent the flu is to receive a flu vaccine. Be a flu fighter for Halloween this year!

Pass Out Treats, Not the Flu

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, DOH-Collier recommends taking these everyday precautions to avoid catching or spreading the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects that may have been contaminated.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your shirt sleeve, elbow, or tissue. Throw tissues away immediately after use.
  • Stay home if you do get sick until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Sneeze Like a Vampire

A fun way to help children learn how to stay safe from the flu is to sneeze like a vampire. If your children sneeze into the bend of their elbow, they will not spread germs by their hands, and they will look like a vampire.

DOH-Collier offers flu vaccines for children and adults at the Naples and Immokalee clinics. No appointment necessary for children vaccines, but appointments are required for adult vaccines.

For more information: DOH-Collier Immunizations

Naples:
Children’s Vaccines – (239) 252-8595
Adult Vaccines – (239) 252-8207

Immokalee:
(239) 252-7300