Monday, January 21, 2013
Florida's flu season may last through February. Here are a few simple steps for staying well.
1.) The flu virus can live up to 12 hours on countertops and doorknobs. It's not a bad idea to wipe down hard surfaces at the home or office, including keyboards. Using disinfecting wipes is quick and convenient. Keeping a spraycan of Lysol handy is not a bad idea either. 2.) Advise family members to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. Avoid people who do not take this precaution because it is a sure way to pass along flu germs. 3.) If you do not have to shake hands, then don't. The contact allows for the virus to be transmitted if the person then rubs his or her eyes or mouth. 4.) Remember when Mom said to wash your hands? Well, she was right. Health experts say use soap and sing "Happy Birthday" twice to yourself to know that …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The American Red Cross is urging folks to get their flu shot as soon as possible.
Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country and the American Red Cross is urging Largo residents who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now. The widespread flu activity has been reported in 41 states with Florida making the list. Find out where you can receive a flu shot near your home in Largo. The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States. Tips to help prevent the flu: The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting someone against flu viruses. In …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Pinellas County Health Department has flu vaccines available today at no cost from 5:30 until 8 p.m. while supplies last in Largo.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Flu season typically begins in October and can run through May. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.
Many clinics, doctors, pharmacies, and grocery stores in Largo offer flu shots including Pinellas County Health Department. Check the handy links at the bottom of this story to find more locations close to your home. The health department has a flu shot clinic at no charge on Dec. 3 at 8751 Ulmerton Rd. The clinic is from 5:30 until 8 p.m., or until supplies last. Here's more information, on the clinic. But, are you guaranteed to get the flu if you don’t get vaccinated against it? Of course not—but here’s why getting a flu vaccine just might be worth your while. Influenza, or the "flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms include muscle or body aches, headaches, cough, sore …