Flu Prevention


The Sarasota health department is strongly urging residents to get their flu shot this year. Getting a flu vaccination is the most effective way to prevent this illness and its potential complications. The push for residents to obtain this vaccination stems from the Centers for Disease Control’s study that states there have been at least 6.4 million cases of influenza for 2019-2020 thus far. Those aged 65 years and older, as well as young children and those with chronic health conditions, are particularly at risk for complications associated with the flu. 

Whether you choose to get your vaccination or not, there are a few preventative measures that are simple enough to follow daily. Washing your hands can help stop the spreading of germs by using soap or alcohol-based hand rub. Another way to continue to stop those germs in their tracks is to be sure you are covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Still, the highest recommendations for prevention remain to be the flu vaccine.


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